Live Self Care for Life

Tips, advice and guidance on self care, and how to ‘live’ self care for a happier, healthier life
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This week is Self Care Week (16-22 November 2020). We are encouraging you to learn how to self care to protect your physical and mental wellbeing.​

Self care is recommended when you have a minor condition that can be treated at home, without medical care (from a doctor or nurse). ​

Common conditions that you can self care yourself can be: ​

  • Coughs and colds​
  • Sprain and strains​
  • Sore throat​
  • Sinusitis ​
  • Earache​
  • Constipation ​
  • Headache​

If you need to help or guidance to self-care, your pharmacist is there to help. A pharmacist will access symptoms and consider any long-term conditions, and the medicines that you’re taking, before providing a recommendation. They will either: ​

  • Support/advise you in your decision to self-care​
  • Sell you an ‘over the counter’ medicine ​
  • Or signpost you to the right medical care if you need it. ​

For details of your nearest local pharmacy and their opening times:

Find my nearest Pharmacy

Self-care is also something you can do every day, even when you don’t have minor health problems. Practising self-care everyday has many health benefits, such as improving positive thinking, your immunity, and helps bring down stress, anxiety and depression levels. ​

Taking time to yourself is important to other people you are around, as well as yourself. The calmer and more relaxed you feel in everyday life, the more-calm other people will be around you, especially people you are around a lot, like family. ​

Case Study: Learn how Julie self cares

So how do you practise daily self care?​

Here are some ideas of self care that you can implement in your daily life:​

Physical self care​

  • Develop a regular sleep routine​
  • Aim for a healthy diet​
  • Take your lunch breaks​
  • Go for a walk at some point during the day ​
  • Use your sick leave when you need to​
  • Exercise regularly ​

 Psychological self care ​

  • Write in a diary at the end of the day. What things made you happy, how you felt etc​
  • Try therapy ​
  • Turn off your work emails and work phone at the end of your work hours​
  • Make time to relax (read a book, have a bath)​
  • Meditate or do yoga to help clear your head​

Emotional self-care​

  • Talk to your friends about how you’re feeling​
  • Write three good things that you did/felt every day ​
  • Play a sport​
  • Arrange a video call with your friends. You could have a games night!

For more information on how to self-care:

Self care for young people

Self Care Forum

Self Care by Mind Charity 

What does ‘self-care’ mean and how can it help?

Need some more help? ​

Look at our video to see how we can provide you with the advice and information you need to make the best decisions about your health and social care. ​

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