Choose Self Care for Life: Choose to invest in your future self

You can be fighting off many minor illnesses this winter yourself, at home by choosing Self Care for Life.

Healthcare officials at Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) along with Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Council are asking people to invest in their future self this Self Care Week (12 – 18 November) by making small changes that can make a big difference.

Choosing Self Care for Life is about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Some of the best tips for keeping healthy include:
 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, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs
 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.
 Make positive changes. Take steps to stop those bad habits that you’ve been wanting to break. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, and get active. Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
 Rest. A good night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so make sure you get the recommended seven to eight hours a night.
 Stop! These days we lead have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG said: “Choosing self care for life is also about safely managing long term conditions and, understanding how to self-treat those common complaints to normal good health, such as coughs, colds, sore throats etc. and taking advice from the pharmacist if you’re unsure of symptoms. We can also help with lifestyle advice.”

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing at Shropshire Council and Arnold England, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, for Telford and Wrekin Council, said: ‘’It’s never too early or too late to begin to make small, simple changes that will enhance and protect your health now and, in the future, and often, one small change will make a big difference to your wellbeing. For instance, choosing to become more active will not only improve your physical health, it will also boost your mood, particularly if you choose to exercise outdoors in the fresh air.”

During Self Care Week, and everyday, choose Self Care for Life and make self care your life-long habit.

As a public health authority Shropshire Council offers a wide range of advice to help people stay safe and well; from advice on health eating, physical activity and helping to quit smoking to name a few. To find out more visit http://www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/.

Telford and Wrekin residents can speak to a team of Healthy Lifestyle Advisors who provide free one to one advice helping people make lifestyle changes tailored around people’s specific needs. Book your free healthy lifestyle check by calling 01952 382582.