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Understanding Self Care for Life is the theme of this year’s Self Care Week, the annual event which aims to raise awareness of self care.

Self care means knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek appropriate clinical help. If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.

It’s about looking after yourself in a healthy way. So, it can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, eating well, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or managing a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

 

This year’s Self Care Week takes place from 14th-20th November. In Erewash, local people are being signposted to the Wellbeing Erewash website, where four self care videos will be available to view. The videos cover the benefits of stopping smoking, early signs of cancer, reducing our risk of diabetes and managing diabetes if we are diagnosed.

Wellbeing Erewash is a new approach to health and social care. Erewash has been chosen as one of a number of places across the country – known as vanguards -  to look at new ways of improving people’s health and wellbeing. A key part of Wellbeing Erewash is helping people to develop personal resilience – that is, how we keep ourselves well.

The Wellbeing Erewash site can be found here www.wellbeingerewash.org.uk. You can also find out more about self care at www.selfcareforum.org or www.nhs.uk.

Dr. Ian Banks, of the Self Care Forum which runs Self Care Week, said: "Most people are entirely capable of looking after themselves most of the time, self-treating when it's safe and knowing where and when to seek help when they need it.”

Wellbeing Erewash aims to give people the confidence and support to do just that.

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