It's time to take care of you!

This self-care week, we’re all encouraged to look after ourselves by following some top tips.

National self-care week takes place from November 16 to 22 and is supported by the Self Care Forum charity which aims to embed self-care into everyday life.

This year’s theme is ‘self-care for life’ and we say it’s time to take care of you!

Small changes can make a big difference and can help to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing for the future. 

Follow these small steps to a healthier you:

  • Mental wellbeing - we can all feel anxious or worried, especially at the moment. This booklet has lots of useful tips to help with your mental wellbeing.
  • Exercise – Taking some form of daily exercise, even a walk around the block can help with our physical and mental health. Make time every day to get some fresh air. For help to get active visit the Better Health wesbite.
  • Eat well - We could probably all improve our eating habits! How and what you eat can impact on your health. Visit Better Health for tips on how to lose weight and eat healthily.
  • Look after long term conditions - Living with a health condition can be hard to manage but help is available. Your GP practice and pharmacy can give practical and medical advice. We are Undefeatable has advice on getting active with a long term health condition.
  • Minor ailments - Lots of illnesses can be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet. The Self Care Forum has a series of fact sheets that might help or visit nhs.uk website.
  • The impact of Coronavirus - Covid-19 is having an effect on all of us: try to stay connected to friends and family during lockdown. Limit your news intake. Talk about how you’re feeling.
  • Use your local Pharmacy - Your local pharmacist can help with: advice on minor illnesses; flu jabs; blood pressure checks; stopping smoking. They’re medically trained professionals.

The concept of self-care is a consistent strand in our CCG communications. Look out for our messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the week

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