Rita K Garnto
United States of America
Scientific Tracks Abstracts: Epilepsy J
It is well known by the medical community that stress overload negatively impacts the health and well-being of individuals on psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical levels. The results from multiple studies and research show that regular selfcare does, in fact, help combat the negative effects of stress overload. However, the year 2020 has increased our already elevated levels of chronic stress so much that traditional self-care may no longer be enough to combat these negative effects dramatically. By adding a “new” kind of self-care, called “simple” self-care to our busy daily schedules on a regular basis, has been proven to further reduce the negative effects of stress on a more immediate level. This paper examines the definition and concepts of “simple self-care”, which has been federally copyrighted as a concept and theory of application, along with the benefits it has on creating a healthier lifestyle of stressing less and living happier. These results are supported by an accumulation of multiple studies and research which has been documented in reports and books pertaining to negative effects of chronic stress, human anatomy and physiology, and the benefits of self-care. The data suggests that by adding short intervals of simple self-care into our daily schedules regularly, we can start reducing the harmful effects of stress overload and begin building up our stress resistance to better deal with chronic stress leading to a healthier and happier future.
Rita K. Garnto’s unique skill set is comprised of 20 years in the high-stress, high-acuity healthcare field as a Respiratory Therapist, including several years as part of the MedCenter Air Trauma Flight Team in Charlotte, NC. Her long Respiratory Therapy career gave her the opportunity to work and experience life and stress in three different countries – Canada, Saudi Arabia (during the Gulf War), and the USA. She then switched careers and spent another 16 years in healthcare as a private practice licensed massage therapist. She is the owner and founder of Simple Self-Care by Rita and is an international author and speaker. Her methods, theory, and application of “simple self-care” was federally copyrighted in September 2020 and one of her keynote presentations, How to Keep Stress from Being THE Boss, was approved by the NC Bar Association for mental health CLE in 2019.