CHOOSE SELF CARE FOR LIFE: INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE SELF

To mark Self Care Week 2018 (12 – 18 November) Bay Health and Care Partners want to share some top tips on how you can embrace self care this winter.

Invest in your future self during Self Care Week 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.

Dr Andy Knox, GP Executive Lead for Health and Wellbeing at Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group 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. 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.”   

Follow these small steps to become 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 leaving the car and walking to work, walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs.
  • Eat well. Healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthier options such as nuts, seeds and fruit.
  • Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well.  This Self Care Week 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 7-8 hours a night.
  • Stop!  These days we 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 can be really helpful when it comes to reducing overall stress and improving your sleep pattern.

Choosing Self Care for Life is also about safely managing long term conditions. If you have a long-term health condition and are worried about how common ailments may be affecting you, or if you want advice on managing your medicines, visit your pharmacist first.

For more information on how to embrace Self Care for Life take a look at the series of films produced by Dr Andy Knox and colleagues on how to treat common conditions at home: https://www.morecambebayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/self-care

For more information on how to embed self care into everyday life please visit http://www.selfcareforum.org/ or https://www.nhs.uk/.

Bay Health and Care Partners is a partnership which is working to improve the way health and care is delivered across the Morecambe Bay area. Bay Health and Care Partners is made up of 10 health and care organisations who are working together to deliver the Better Care Together strategy. These organisations are working collaboratively to roll out the winter communications and engagement plan for 2018/19 to ensure the local population stay well during the winter months.

The 10 organisations working together as part of Bay Health and Care Partners include Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group and the two Local Authorities: Cumbria County Council and Lancashire County Council and two GP Provider Federations: North Lancashire Medical Group and South Cumbria Primary Care Collaborative working together in partnership.