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    Practise self care for life

    Self CareLocal people are advised on how to practise self care for life by choosing the right treatment in the right place relevant to their health needs.
    NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with Tameside Council, is backing this year’s Self Care Week campaign running from 15-21 November, themed ‘Practise Self Care for Life’, to raise awareness of what people can all do to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.
    Anyone aged over 50 is invited to register for a free wellness event taking place on Tuesday 16 November at 10am-12pm at 4C Community Centre, Taunton Road, Ashton, OL7 9DR.  There will be key note speakers from Action Together, Be Well, Infection Prevention, Active Tameside and more.  For further information and book a place go to: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/selfcare4life
    Self Care Week is a perfect time for people to think about how they live their lives and maybe make some small changes that will help them take better care of themselves and their families. Those changes could mean looking at what they eat or drink, or how much exercise they do or how much sleep they are getting.  It could be about their work life balance, because staying connected to friends and family is also vital to people’s wellbeing.
    Choosing to eat healthily, to self-treat common ailments and to be active are all positive self-care actions.  Taking vitamin D supplements is particularly important for those shielding and unable to go outside.  Adopting positive lifestyle choices, having good nutrition and regular exercise to support general wellbeing helps to maximise people’s immunity.  It’s also important to understand how to manage minor and long-term health conditions.
    Knowing what to do and where to go for help is an important part of practising self-care for life. Remember, it isn’t just the GP practice that can help, pharmacies are also health experts. They are on every High Street and can help with all sorts of ailments. Pharmacists can also signpost people to the right place for additional health advice or treatment.
    Viruses that cause coughs, colds and sore throats cannot be treated by antibiotics. Making sure people have over-the-counter products in their medicine cupboard, such as painkillers and medicines for coughs and colds, means that if they or their family become unwell, they have something to help. Visiting a local pharmacist can also be a quick way of accessing medical help and advice.  As well as dispensing prescriptions, they provide a wide range of services and immediate help and advice on many minor illnesses. People don’t need an appointment and can speak to a pharmacist in private and in confidence.  Many pharmacists have extended opening hours including evening and weekends.
    People will all have their own tips on how to self care and keep well but here are some simple steps to Self Care for Life and help to prevent avoidable conditions:
    • Move more – live well! People 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 or go for a walk! Just 30 minutes of activity a day keeps the hospital bed at bay.
    • Stop smoking!  One of the best things people can do for their health is to stop smoking.  Ask a local pharmacist or go online and search Be Well Tameside or Live Life Better Derbyshire about their stop smoking service.
    • Sleep.  A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, people should make sure they get at least seven hours sleep a night!
    • Eat well.  It is vitally important that everyone gets the nutrients they need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar.  Ask your pharmacist, or search online for Be Well Tameside or Live Life Better Derbyshire for advice on managing weight.
    • Relax.  Most people lead busy lives and sometimes people forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.  Find time in the day to be still and quieten the mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful.
    Dr Asad Ali, co-chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG said: “During Self Care Week, and always, make time to think about the positive steps you can take to Self Care for Life.  Contacting a GP practice isn’t always the answer to your health needs as other services are available such as a local Pharmacy or a mental health support service.  
    I hope lots of people attend the wellness event on 16 November to hear about the ways in which they can manage their self care.  Having better health can help you cope well with the challenges that come your way. 
    You can also help take control of your health by using GP online services for making appointments or getting access to your own medical records.  Doing 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.
    “Remember, NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or call 111 can also be a good resource for health advice for things that are not life-threatening. And the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/ has lots of information on what steps to take to look after you and your family.
    “In addition, Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and everyone should continue to social distance, wear masks and wash hands to protect themselves and others in the community against the virus.”
    For further information and advice visit https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/selfcare4life