This Self Care Week (16-22 November 2020) we are encouraging you to learn how to self care to protect your physical and mental wellbeing.
Self care is something you can do every day, and has many health benefits, such as improving positive thinking, your immunity, and helping to bring down stress, anxiety and depression levels.
Taking time for yourself is important to other people you are around, as well as yourself. The calmer and more relaxed you feel in everyday life, the more-calm other people will be around you.
Take a look at these tips and ideas for how you can take care of yourself.
Physical self care
- Develop a regular sleep routine
- Aim for a healthy diet
- Take your lunch breaks
- Go for a walk
- Exercise regularly
Psychological self care
- Write in a diary at the end of the day. What things made you happy, how you felt etc
- Try therapy
- Turn off your work emails and work phone at the end of your work hours
- Make time to relax (read a book, have a bath)
- Meditate or do yoga to help clear your head
Talk to your friends about how you’re feeling
Write three good things that you did/felt every day
- Do something you enjoy - watch a film, bake a cake, play sport
Treating minor conditions
Self care is also recommended when you have a minor condition that can be treated at home, without medical care (from a doctor or nurse).
Common conditions that you can treat yourself are:
- Coughs and colds
- Sprain and strains
- Sore throat
If you need to help or guidance, your pharmacist is there to help. A pharmacist will access symptoms and consider any long-term conditions, and the medicines that you’re taking, before providing a recommendation. They will either:
- Support/advise you in your decision to self-care
- Sell you an ‘over the counter’ medicine
- Or signpost you to the right medical care if you need it.