What does self care mean?
Anything that you can do yourself to improve or influence your own health and wellbeing.
This includes what you choose to eat and drink, how active you are, and when it comes to mental health in particular, it also includes how you interact with others.
But it goes much, much further. If you’re able to treat yourself or family members when one of you has a cold, a graze, a bite or sting, that’s self care. If you regularly take medication for a particular condition, keeping on top of that medication and your prescriptions, as well as any vaccinations you might need, is also self care.
Click here to find out more about what you might want to have in your medicine cabinet.
Why does that last one count as self care? Because it’s all part of YOU taking more control over your own health. By knowing where to turn for help and advice you can get your problem sorted more quickly and get back to health faster.
Hopefully this doesn’t sound too much like hard work, because it really isn’t. We take so many decisions every day that have a bearing on our health and improving our self care is about tweaking some of these decisions a little bit each time until we start to notice the benefits.
There is plenty of help available too.
If you need a bit of a nudge when it comes to healthier food and drink, check out One You, which has lots of helpful suggestions and advice, as well as details of services that can support you along the way.
Through One You you can also access the Every Mind Matters page, which is a one-stop-shop for improving your mental health.
If something does go wrong and you catch a cold, get bitten or stung, suffer a graze or one of a number of other minor ailments, having a medicine cabinet stocked with essentials will get you through the worst of it. Here are some of the things you should consider. Remember to always store medicines appropriately, keeping them out of the reach of children and disposing of any that are out of date.
Vaccinations are an important way to protect yourself against disease and are particularly important for people who may be vulnerable to infection, perhaps as a result of a pre-existing health condition. You can find out more about vaccination here.
Knowing where to turn
The last thing you want when you’re not well is to be confused about which health service or professional you need to see.
That’s why it’s best to learn what the options are and when you should use them.
There are easy-to-use guides available to you, whichever part of our area you live in: