“International Self-Care Day, observed annually on July 24, is a reminder that our lives are greatly affected by the choices we make each and every day.

“Taking care of ourselves is one of the best things we can do to support our own wellness. From meditating or exercising to quitting smoking or eating well, improving our own mental, emotional and physical health is essential. It is through these actions of self-care we can improve our lives and have a positive impact on the well-being of our loved ones, colleagues and community.

“Albertans are caring and community focused. It can be easy to forget that we must take care of ourselves first so that we can do our best to care of others in our families and communities.

“As Alberta recovers and we move into an Alberta renaissance, we all need to remember to practise self-care and reach out when we need help. Talking with friends or family is a great place to start, and if you are in need of some additional support to maintain your mental wellness we are here for you. Call the Mental Health Help Line toll-free at 1-877-303-2642 to access confidential support, information about programs and services, and referrals.

“I hope that all Albertans remember to practise self-care so that we can be the best version of ourselves for those around us.”