How you can Self Care for Life

Posted: November 17, 2015

Simple ways to live well

Self Care Week 2015 331To mark Self Care Awareness Week (16-22 November), Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is raising awareness about how you can Self Care for Life.

Here are some simple steps you can take to help prevent avoidable conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):

  • 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 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.

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