South Lincolnshire CCG is supporting Self Care Week 2015 (16 – 22 November) by raising awareness about how you can Self Care for Life.
Self Care for Life is about living well and being healthy. This means practicing Self Care for Life, which most of us already do on a daily basis. Choosing to brush our teeth, to eat healthily, to self-treat common ailments and to be active are all positive self care actions.
But, largely avoidable conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease) are on the increase, which means we have to do more to thrive and survive.
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:
“Here are some simple steps to Self Care for Life and prevent avoidable conditions:
• “Move more! You don’t even have to join a gym, just walk the dog, leave the car at home, ignore the bus, take the stairs, dance around the kitchen table, go for a walk!
• “Stop smoking! One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking. Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.
• “Sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night!
• “Eat well. It is vitally important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar. Information is available from the NHS Choices website or ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
• “Relax. We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful. “
During Self Care Week, and always, make time to think about the positive steps you can take to Self Care for Life. Thrive to survive. For more information on how to Self Care for Life visit www.nhs.uk and search for self care.