What is Self Care?
Self Care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem such as asthma or diabetes.
Why Self Care?
Self Care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses can be treated at home simply with over the counter medicines and plenty of rest.
Self Care is important throughout our lives to prevent ill health and treat minor conditions, which can be managed at home by yourself or with support from your community pharmacy.
Your local pharmacist is the health professional on the High Street
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who give advice and recommend treatments for self treatable conditions such as coughs, colds, sprains and strains.
People go to the doctor with common ailments because they are unsure how long symptoms last and need reassurance that it isn’t anything more serious. Instead of waiting for an appointment at your surgery, consider going to your local pharmacist first.
Pharmacists will help you choose the right treatment for your ailment and can explain the normal duration of symptoms. They can also offer you help to stop smoking, manage your weight, and can often provide flu jabs and blood pressure checks. Many pharmacies also have private consulting rooms.
If you have a cold or flu virus it is worth remembering that antibiotics won’t help. In fact, taking them can reduce their effectiveness when they’re needed for ailments they can help with.’
If you have a long term condition and are worried how common ailments may be affecting you, or if you want advice on managing your medicines, visit your pharmacist first.
Save yourself the time and bother of booking a GP appointment or visiting A&E. Think the pharmacist. Think self care for life.
Stock up your medicine cabinet:
We recommend always having the following items at home:
Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol – for as little as 25p each (Junior paracetamol £1.90)
Aspirin (should not be taken by children under 12) – for as little as 30p
Antihistamines for allergies – for as little as £2.50 for a month’s supply
Diarrhoea relief – for as little as £1
Constipation relief – for as little as £1.60
Throat lozenges – for as little as 99p
Antacid – for as little as 99p.
Top tips to a healthier you:
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 don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and get active. Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
Rest: A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night.
Stop: These days we lead 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.