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Business of Health Care: Self-care

Michael Hagerty

We hear plenty about healthcare. But what about self-care? Even if you have heard of self-care do you really know what it means? In short, self-care is about taking the time to show yourself some love and take care of your needs and wellbeing. 

I know. I know. Who has time for that? But it’s something you should make a priority. To be clear, self-care is not about being selfish; it’s about recognizing we often have too much going on – so much so that it is impacting our health.

According to studies, this year alone, one in five adults will experience some kind of mental illness. And besides mental illness, chronic stress can lead to weight gain, heart issues and inability to sleep. Self-care can help, and it doesn’t have to take hours out of your day.

Here a few steps for simple self-care. First, slow down and accept that it’s ok if you don’t check off everything on your to-do list. Second, take just five minutes a day to recharge through exercising, yoga, mindfulness or deep breathing. Also, take a few minutes throughout the day to focus on something–anything–besides work. Third, go outside.

Maybe it’s a quick walk at lunch or right after work, but being in nature has been shown to boost moods. Finally, make time for friends. Social interactions have a much more positive effect on our wellbeing than interacting with technology.

If you still don’t think you have time for self-care, keep mind that taking a few moments each day to refresh can help you be even more productive.

Kateleigh joined KWBU in January 2019. She is an Oklahoma native that is making the move to Waco after working as an All Things Considered host and producer at affiliate KOSU Radio in Oklahoma City. She is a former NPR Next Generation Radio Fellow, a Society of Professional Journalists award winner, an Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame recipient for ‘Outstanding Promise in Journalism’ and the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association’s 2017 recipient for ‘College Newspaper Journalist of the Year.’ After finishing up her journalism degree early she decided to use her first year out of college to make the transition from print media to public radio. She is very excited to have joined KWBU and she is looking forward to all the opportunities it will bring - including providing quality journalism to all Texans.
Glenn Robinson has been the President of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest since September 2007. He previously held several CEO positions at hospitals in Texas, Oregon, and South Carolina. A Georgia native and graduate of the University of Alabama, Glenn completed graduate school at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.