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Choosing self care for life

12 Nov 2018

The local NHS is encouraging people to choose ‘self care for life’ as part of Self Care Week 2018, taking place between 12 -18 November.

Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that aims to help people understand what they can do to look after their own health and that of their family.

There are many ways that people can actively choose to look after their own physical and mental health, such as choosing an active lifestyle, getting plenty of fresh air outdoors, and eating a well-balanced diet.

Dr Maurice Smith, a GP in South Liverpool and Clinical Director for Living Well at NHS Liverpool CCG said,

“Self care is all about taking good care of yourself, so that you are more likely to stay well and avoid becoming ill in the first place, and we can all do this by choosing a healthier lifestyle.

“We know that over 400 deaths in Liverpool could be prevented every year just through people doing the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for 5 days per week. But even if this sounds like too much of a stretch to begin with, doing anything to get yourself more active is always better than doing nothing when it comes to your health.”

He adds, “Deciding to make that change as part of Self Care Week could be something as simple as choosing to walk to the local shops or on the school run rather than driving, or taking a brisk walk each day during your lunch break at work rather than staying at your desk.”

“And it’s not just about physical health either; being active is great for the mind as well. Even a relatively small amount of exercise can lift your mood, reduce feelings of stress, and can also help to improve your sleep.”

As well as empowering people to take control of their own health and happiness this winter, Self Care Week is also about learning how to take care of yourself and family members when illness does strike.

One of the best ways to do this is by understanding what steps you can take to treat common winter illnesses yourself at home, without needing to visit any health services at all.

Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you alleviate symptoms quickly, before they become worse. Pharmacists can usually offer advice on what is handy to have in to help you stay one step ahead of that pesky cold or sore throat, and there’s also lots of useful self care advice on NHS.uk.

 

 

Five simple steps towards good self care to remember this winter are:

  • Look after yourself by being active and choosing a healthy, balanced diet and being physically active.

 

  • Stay prepared by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet for managing any common, self-treatable conditions at home.

 

  • Use a local pharmacist or NHS.uk to seek out advice on treatment for common winter illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats, and flu like symptoms.

 

  • If you have a long-term health condition such as diabetes, COPD, arthritis, or asthma, make sure that you understand your condition and how to manage it well.

 

  • If you are over 65, pregnant, have a long-term condition, or are a carer for someone who does, you should also get a free NHS seasonal flu vaccine from your GP surgery or local pharmacist.

 

For more information and ideas on easy ways to get active, or to get inspired by local people who already have, you can visit: www.fitforme.info or you can find more advice on living well at: www.nhs.uk/live-well/

 

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