What You Need to Know About Self-Care

Most of us understand the importance of taking care of others. But when it comes to taking care of ourselves, our efforts and attention tend to fall far short of what we need.

Research shows that self-care offers many significant benefits for both physical and emotional health, including:

  • Improved well-being and self-worth
  • Lower incidence of illness and disease
  • Lower risk of death (mortality)
  • Lower health care costs

Many medical societies, including the American Heart Association, have developed scientific statements regarding the importance of implementing self-care treatments among patients, especially those who have or are at risk of chronic diseases, like heart disease.

As a leading primary care doctor in Nashville, Tennessee, Winston Griner, MD, understands the many ways self-care affects overall health and wellness. At Restorative & Affordable Health, Dr. Griner offers custom-tailored self-care treatment plans, along with self-care products aimed at helping patients lead healthier, happier lives.

Here’s how self-care can help you improve your own quality of life.

The basics of self-care

Like other medical treatments, self-care treatment plans can vary widely based on each individual’s unique needs and goals. But there are some general principles and activities that can benefit just about everyone. That’s why most self-care plans include lifestyle components, like:

  • Healthy eating plans
  • Regular physical activity
  • Spending time with friends and loved ones
  • Community involvement
  • Meditation and other types of stress management
  • “Me time” activities
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Hobbies and activities for personal enjoyment

Even these general principles can be tailored to your lifestyle, health needs, and personal interests. In fact, most people find that developing and following a self-care routine adds tremendous value and happiness to their lives — and to the lives of their loved ones, too.

Custom approach to self-care

Dr. Griner works closely with each patient to develop an optimized self-care treatment plan. In addition to lifestyle changes, he also offers specific products aimed at addressing some of the most common problems that affect physical and emotional wellness.

Headaches

Headaches are a common medical complaint among women and men of all ages. Many headaches are caused by stress and tension, so learning to manage and decrease stress can play an important role in decreasing the occurrence and severity of migraines and tension headaches.

Dr. Griner offers in-house products and care plans aimed specifically at headache symptoms. In addition to lifestyle changes, he may recommend one or more products to help manage headaches and the painful symptoms they cause.

Menstrual cramps

Menstrual cramps can take a major toll on your quality of life. Cramps and backache can make even simple activities uncomfortable, and in some cases, they can interfere with sleep, too.

In-house products developed specifically for menstrual cramps and related symptoms can help you take control over your period symptoms. Like other medical treatments, menstrual cramp products can be adjusted for your unique needs.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the nerve in your wrist is compressed or “pinched.” Symptoms range from electricity-like shocks in your hands and fingers to numbness, tingling, and weakness in your fingers that make it hard to grip or write.

Self-care activities can play a big role in managing carpal tunnel syndrome to help avoid permanent nerve and muscle damage. Dr. Griner offers products designed to relieve nerve compression and alleviate painful symptoms.

Take care of yourself

Self-care is one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy at every age — especially as you get older. Regular doctor visits are an important part of self-care. Plus, seeing Dr. Griner on a regular basis can ensure that your self-care activities stay on track for your changing needs.

To learn how you can improve your own self-care, call 615-903-2401 or request an appointment online, and let Dr. Griner design a plan just for you.

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