How is it September already!? September is one of my favourite months, and always begins on a good note with my birthday on the 1st – Happy Birthday to me! Ironically, this month’s theme is ‘Self-Care September’, so I’m going to do my best to practice what I preach.

The ‘Self-Care September Action Calendar’, published by Action for Happiness in 12 languages, has daily suggested actions to do throughout September 2019 to help you prioritise your own health and wellbeing, which is increasingly difficult these days. Looking after yourself is easier said than done, especially when existing commitments take precedent. Self-care isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. So if you struggle like I do, make a pledge this September to look after yourself!

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself!”

Written by simonrstones

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) is an award-winning patient advocate, consultant and researcher from Manchester in the UK, who was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE, and board member of the European Network for Children with Arthritis (ENCA) and the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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