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Health leaders urge people in Norfolk and Waveney to Think Self Care for Life

People in Norfolk and Waveney are being urged to take simple steps to stay fit and healthy and are reminded to use health services wisely this winter.

The annual Self Care Week, run by the Self Care Forum, launches today.

The campaign, which runs from 16 – 22 November, is about making improvements in your life to help protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Whether it is about self-treatable conditions, long term conditions, or lifestyle choices to ensure better physical health and mental wellbeing, this week raises awareness of the huge benefits of people looking after themselves better.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), 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.”

Some health conditions, such as sprains, strains, colds and coughs, can be treated at home or with advice from a pharmacist without a trip to the GP or A&E. Using the right health service for your health needs will save you time and help take pressure off the NHS.

Dr Dhesi added: “Make an appointment with your GP if you have an illness or injury that will not go away such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or back ache. It is vital to remember also that self care is not no care and if you feel like you need to see your GP then make an appointment.”

Follow these small steps 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.

Your local pharmacist will be able to give you advice to help you self care, and you can find information about health conditions and tips for living well on the NHS website.

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