Self-care can help keep you healthy this winter
Health bosses in Lincolnshire have backed a national campaign urging patients to learn more about self-care to keep them healthy this winter.
Self-care Week runs from November 13 to 19 and aims to educate people in the benefits of doing everything they can to look after their health and wellbeing.
Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for their short term and long term health and this is important since people are living longer.
Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.
Wendy Martin, executive lead nurse, midwife and quality at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said people learning how to best care for themselves would help them stay fit and healthy more often.
She said: “Self-care is all about knowing how to live healthier lives by changing habits and lifestyle choices.
“It is also about knowing what minor ailments such as hay fever or cuts and grazes you can treat yourself with a well stocked medicine cabinet or first aid kit and how pharmacists can help with over the counter medicines.
“There is also a wealth of information available on the NHS Choices website to help you look after yourself when suffering from more minor conditions.
“Self-care can help relieve a lot of the pressures faced by health services such as GP surgeries and Accident and Emergency departments so it is an important thing for people to be aware of.
“As winter approaches, by being clear on good self care practices and alternative places to get health advice and minor treatment, people can make sure they stay healthy over the colder months.”
For more help and advice on self care and the Self Care Week, visit http://www.selfcareforum.org/