Self Care is all about looking after yourself and staving off poor health, as well as managing conditions which people already have.
What is self care?
Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.
How to manage your own care
Below are some simple steps to 'Self Care for Life' and help to prevent avoidable conditions. You can also find out more about managing some conditions on the Self Care Forum website.
• Move more! You don’t even have to join a gym, just walk the dog, leave the car at home, ignore the bus, take the stairs, dance around the kitchen table, go for a walk!
• Stop smoking! One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking. Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.
• Sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night!
• Eat well. It is vitally important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar. Information is available from the NHS website or ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
• Relax. We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful. “
www.nhs.uk/ - NHS website that is packed full of information on the signs, symtpoms, and how to manage a range of conditions
www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/ - A webpage with information on Active 10, a phone app to help people get more active by walking briskly for 10 minutes
https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/improving-your-health/thurrock-healthy-lifestyle-service - Website with information on the Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service, which provides support on quitting smoking and losing weight
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ - NHS Moodzone with tips and advise on boosting mental health, mindfulness and real life stories of people that have had a mental health condition
Did you know?
- The NHS belongs to all of us – help us to keep it working smoothly by turning up for appointments
- Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £43, on average, for a 12-minute consultation
- A visit to Accident and Emergency costs £112