Self Care Week: Healthcare starts at home
During Self Care Week 2019 (November 18 – 24) your health and social care professionals are asking you to think about what you can do yourself to take control of your own health and wellbeing.
What you eat and drink, how active you are and what first aid knowledge and equipment you have, are all things that you can take action on.
Yet self care goes much further. Making better use of your local pharmacist, or choosing the right health service at the right time, is all part of caring for yourself, as your decisions help you to identify possible problems and get the treatment you need faster, helping you to get better more quickly.
Caring for yourself in a more positive way can help those around you too, as you can be a positive influence on family and friends and share what you have learned with them. A better knowledge of first aid or of local services will also enable you to provide or arrange better, quicker treatment for your nearest and dearest when they need it.
Fiona Edwards, Lead for the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System, said: “We all take countless decisions in our daily lives without truly appreciating how many of them can impact on our health and wellbeing.
“During Self Care Week we are encouraging people to be more conscious of how their choices might influence their future physical and mental health. It can be seemingly small things such as taking a proper lunch break at work, or regularly checking what’s in your medicine cabinet at home, that can make a real difference.
“You don’t have to make big changes to your life but if we all gradually start to make minor changes we’ll see how much they improve our wellbeing and we’ll be on the road to a better, happier, healthier life.”
For further information on self care tips, see the self care pages of the website.