Self care is taking action to protect, maintain and improve your health, wellbeing or wellness. Making small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference.
- Get active: advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day. It’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, walking the dog or taking the stairs.
- Eat well: we all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
- Take steps to stop bad habits: take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well, such as smoking.
- Rest: a good night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, try to get the recommended 7-8 hours a night.
- Mindfulness: find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.
For more information about living well visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who give advice and recommend treatments for self treatable conditions such as coughs, colds, sprains and strains. Your pharmacist is likely to help you with many ailments and save you the trouble of booking an appointment with your GP.
If you have a long term condition and are worried how common ailments may be affecting you, or if you want advice on managing your medicines, your pharmacist can also help.
If you have a common ailments such as eczema, lower back pain or heartburn, find out more about managing your condition: http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/