Aiming to promote self-care among New Jersey residents, Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Anthony Verrelli sponsor a resolution to designate September as annual ‘Self-Care Awareness Month.’ The measure (AJR-191) was passed by the Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday.
Self-care is the regular practice of looking after one’s hygiene, nutrition, environment, living conditions, social habits and more. It involves making healthy lifestyle choices, taking action to prevent diseases, managing and coping with disability/illness, and knowing when to seek the help of a personal or professional support system – among other activities.
People who practice self-care often experience better health and may require fewer medical appointments, which ultimately reduces costs for both the individual and the state’s health care system.
Assembly sponsors McKnight (D-Hudson), Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Verrelli (D-Mercer, Hunterdon) issued the following joint statement upon the measure advancing:
“With the immense stress and challenges many residents have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing proper self-care is more important than ever. Taking care of one’s mental and physical health on a regular basis can make all the difference in a person’s overall happiness and well-being.
“Making time for interpersonal relationships and enjoyable activities, eating healthy food, exercising, practicing mindfulness, and ultimately knowing when to seek professional medical care are just some of the many ways to practice self-care and improve one’s day-to-day life.
“Designating September as Self-Care Awareness Month will help raise awareness among residents about the benefits of self-care and how to make the kinds of choices that will promote personal wellness.”
The resolution now heads to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.