Self Care for Life – Thrive and Survive
16 November 2015

To mark Self Care Week 2015 (16 – 22 November) NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to raise awareness about how you can Self Care for Life!

What is the purpose of life if it isn’t to thrive and survive?  Living well and being healthy will help us to do that.  This means practicing Self Care for Life which most of us already do on a daily basis.  Choosing to brush our teeth, to eat healthily, to self-treat common ailments and to be active are all positive self-care actions. 

Dr Amir Hannan, a Hyde GP and the CCG’s lead for long-term conditions, said:

“We can also do more to stave off conditions that can be prevented such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease) which are on the increase.

 “Here are some simple steps to Self Care for Life and help to prevent avoidable conditions:

•     “Move more! You don’t even have to join a gym, just walk the dog, leave the car at home, ignore the bus, take the stairs, dance around the kitchen table, go for a walk!

•     “Stop smoking!  One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking.  Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.

•     “Sleep.  A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least seven seven hours sleep a night!

•     “Eat well.  It is vitally important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar.  Information is available from the NHS Choices website or ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.

•     “Relax.  We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing.  Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful.

“You can also help take control of your health by using online services that your GP practice may have available such as making your appointments online or getting access your own medical records.”

During Self Care Week, and always, make time to think about the positive steps you can take to Self Care for Life.  Thrive to survive.