September is Self-Care Awareness Month

September is Self-Care Awareness Month and is a great time to recognize the important conversations about self-care that practitioners and patients should be having.

In July, a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Samueli Integrative Health Programs found that 85 percent physicians agree that a large part of their job is to provide both medical treatments and self-care practices for their patients, yet patients aren’t getting what they need. In addition, 64 percent patients wish their physicians incorporated complementary and alternative therapies into their care.

We at Integrative Practitioner want to reiterate the value that self-care can play in the healthcare system and recognize both practitioners and patients who work tirelessly to focus on the whole person. To celebrate self-care in our community, each week in September, we will be publishing a new integrative self-care story. We will feature self-care tips for both practitioners and patients as well as personal experiences and self-care journeys. We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store.

Check back throughout the month for new content and let us know how you are celebrating Self-Care Awareness Month on our community forum.