Health and Wellness Fridays – Self-care versus Healthcare

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Hope you ended your day on a positive note, if not, I hope you don’t let it keep you down.

As I write this post, I’m currently battling some flu symptoms which probably inspired this post.  Why do we sometimes opt to treat ourselves when we’re sick rather than run to the doctor?

This is what I came up with as I looked at self-care versus healthcare.

The self-care I’m referring to is the type of care that is all you.  You know when we opt to just pick up a few items in the pharmacy, grocery, vegetable market or garden to treat any medical symptoms we may be suffering from instead of going to the doctor.

Now I am not advocating for either side just simply sharing some information.   Let’s get into it shall we. 🙂

Some advantages of self-care:

  1. Save you money by reducing the need to visit the doctor.
  2. Gives you more control and say over what you put in your body.
  3. Reduce exposure to possible side effects from over the counter medication.
  4. The satisfaction of knowing you ‘healed’ or successfully treated yourself.

Some disadvantages of self-care:

  1. Delay in the proper and effective treatment of the illness can result in prolonged discomfort and sickness.
  2. Inadequate self-diagnosis can result in the worsening of symptoms and maybe even death.
  3. Inaccurate diagnosis can also increase medical expenses (as you would have to buy the correct medication or even be hospitalized if your first option did not give adequate relief.
  4. Lack of sufficient medical knowledge and experience would limit your ability to consistently treat every ailment that may arise.

The fact is I’m sure that for most of the points I’ve made above there is an advocate for either side that can strengthen or weaken some of the points made here.  Thankfully, I’m not here to debate. 🙂

However, both sides would agree that doctors are people too and they make mistakes too from time to time.

I suggest that we take better care of ourselves by eating better, getting active and even taking a more proactive approach towards our overall well-being.

Those of us that do self-medicate must admit that there are some really great doctors out there that give us great health advice and health care encouraging us to live better lives.  I thank God for such health care professionals because they are sadly in the minority.

The internet is full of what would seem like a never-ending supply of information about anything and everything.  However, not everything we read, hear or see on the internet will work for us especially as it relates to our health so please be cautious, safe and  smart.

Sometimes we get lucky, sometimes our research pays off. Be thankful for those moments.  Pay attention to your body and what it is telling you. We should NEVER down play any negative symptoms that consistently keep reoccurring.

Talk to your doctor and if he or she dismisses your concerns then by all means get a second opinion and do some research of your own.


Thanks for stopping by.   Have a great weekend!

Author: Cherylene

Cherylene, is an aspiring writer whose desire is to help people nurture and develop the best version of themselves. Through her writing she hopes to encourage her readers to dig deep both spiritually and mentally to heal and enlighten the mind, body and spirit.

8 thoughts on “Health and Wellness Fridays – Self-care versus Healthcare”

  1. Thank you Margaret for your kind words. I’m guilty of doing the same thing. We need to try and make sure we are also taken care of too. I’m still treating my symptoms and trying to rest. Inspiration can clearly come from anywhere and anything. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

  2. Thank you for reading. 🙂 It is important to research what we use in and on our bodies. Natural remedies are ideal especially for preventative healthcare as well as the treatment of other illnesses. The key is to start early and not delay in caring for ourselves. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Sorry you were weren’t feeling well Cherylene but it did inspire this very helpful post so that is a positive :):) I make sure everyone is taken care of and I put myself at the end of the line. This reminds me that I need to take better care of me too. Great post. Praying you feel better soon :):) God Bless you 🙂

  4. Great post Chery! Especially since I’ve been doing a lot of research on self care and more natural home remedies. Sometimes medicine only treats the symptoms and all the other things added that we may not really know about. And there are better ways to treat some things, minor of course. But I agree there are some amazing doctors out there just hard to find if you go for the easiest or cheapest option sometimes.

  5. Great post Cherylene. It’s important for us all to realize that our doctors can never give us health. It can’t be prescribed. He or she can really only treat illnesses. It’s up to us to put the causes of health in place, and prevent the conditions that cause problems to show up.

    Most of us are eating an unbalanced, inflammatory diet. This is a major problem. Unfortunately many doctors know very little about subjects such as nutrition and will “treat” imbalances in quite a rudimentary way with drugs, which in turn can cause other problems and imbalances. What’s usually needed is a correction of the cause — a sub-optimal diet and lifestyle.

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