How you and your school can champion self care
Every year the NHS celebrates Self Care Week as a way to help empower people to make choices and take action to benefit their own health.
Self care is all about looking after yourself and staving off poor health, as well as managing conditions which people already have. This year Thurrock CCG is calling on schools in Thurrock to get involved with the Self Care celebrations.
We are working with Impulse Leisure and are calling on budding artists in Thurrock primary schools to share with us what self care means to them. We are asking children to design bunting which explains how they look after their health and what self care means to their families and themselves.
The bunting will be entered into a competition with the winning class receiving a free swim and swim level assessment plus a special school dance exercise for each child in the class.
The competiton has now been extended until Sunday 18 November. For more information about the competition, including the downloadable blank bunting, click the link below:
What is Self Care Week?
Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on raising awareness of self care across communities, families and generations. Self Care Week aims to motivate people to think more about their health and help them to make choices that can help them led healthier lives.
What is Self Care?
Self Care is all about managing our own health; whether that is living in a way that promotes health such as exercise and a healthy diet, managing those minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, or managing long term health conditions such as COPD and heart disease.
Self care isn't some miraculous cure or revalutionary new treatment, but it can have real and significant benefits and many of us do it without a second thought. From headaches, cuts and scrapes, and aches and pains, many of us feel we have the tools to deal with these conditions on our own.
Despite this, every year there are 57 million GP appointments for minor ailments at a cost of £2 billion; either because people lack the confidence to manage their own care, are confused about the length and severity of symptoms or have a perception that a GP can do more than what we ourselves could do.
Self care is also about lifestyle choices. these are simple everyday choices, such as diet and exercise. 20% of us still smoke, around 25% of adults don't meet the recommended levels of physical activity and more than 60% of adults are either overweight or obese. Making sure we think and make decisions about our lifestyle can help us prevent serious illness in the future.
For long term conditions, people often need more help from medical professionals, whether through advice or medication, but there's still things people can do such as diabetics managing their diet or people with Asthma covering their mouth with their scarf during cold whether to avoid asthma attacks.
Whoever we are and whatever our situation we can all think about and promote self care in our lives. If you would like to find out more on self care, visit the Self Care section of our website or visit the Self Care Forum website.