Remember the importance of self-care on World Health Day

It’s an unfortunate truth that access to good healthcare is not readily and equally available throughout the world.

World Health Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness about this issue each year to help build a fairer, healthier world for everyone. Today marks the founding of the World Health Organization 73 years ago on April 7, 1948, and is a recurring annual date to recognize World Health Day. As we enter our second year of the pandemic, the severe impact experienced in many countries highlights the serious lack of adequate health services and provisions.

Introduce daily stress management

In Canada, we can be grateful that our healthcare system is comprehensive and secure, designed to take care of everyone including our international students. An important way to maintain good health, especially during COVID-19, is to focus on self-care and stress management by listening to the needs of your body and mind. 

If you’re feeling stressed, your body will tell you in clear and precise ways—so be mindful of how you feel, and introduce regular activities to recharge and build more resilience.

Self-care is often about realizing when your personal resources are low, and taking time to replenish them before you get sick. Taking good care of yourself can sometimes be difficult with academic deadlines to meet, but it can help you cope with stress and other problems as they arise. 

There are many different self-care practices, and here are some you can build into your daily routine: 

• Take frequent breaks from your studies with activities you enjoy. 

• Create time away from screens. 

• Drink lots of water and eat clean, healthy food.

• Exercise daily to balance your body and mind and help prepare for the day ahead; or

   burn off stress during the day.

• Contact a friend you can talk to easily and share your feelings.

• Spend 10-20 minutes writing down your thoughts, especially in the morning when you

   wake up or before you go to bed. This helps you get worries and concerns out of your

   head and onto paper. 

Remote access to Canadian doctors in minutes

At guard.me, we always consider your health and well-being, and you will never have to decide between prioritizing your education or your health. If you’re feeling unwell, you can quickly speak with a Canadian doctor in just a few minutes using your phone, tablet or computer—from anywhere at any time using mobileDOCTOR by guard.me. 

International students can receive treatment, diagnosis, medical advice and prescriptions for conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Allergic reactions
  • Eye and ear infections
  • Cold and flu symptoms 
  • Sexual health concerns
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • And much more…

mobileDOCTOR can save you from having to go into a walk-in clinic or a hospital emergency room, and it’s fully covered by guard.me so you’ll never be asked to make a payment. 

Watch how mobileDOCTOR can benefit you 

Prescriptions can be faxed directly to a local pharmacy for pickup, or you can arrange delivery straight to your door. And if you’re outside Canada, mobileDOCTOR can still connect you to a Canadian doctor 24/7 for advice and consultation.Create your account right now so that it’s ready when you need it.

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