Self Care Week 2017
Self care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need it. If you have a long term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
This week, 13th – 19th November 2017, has been Self Care week, when we’ve used Social media to highlight the importance of maintaining your health & well-being by being aware of how to keep fit, eat well, know the signs & symptoms of difference illnesses and how to access local services which can help you to help yourself.
Around 3 in 5 cases of diabetes could be prevented or delayed. World Diabetes Day brings about awareness for this condition. Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes is by eating better, moving more and reducing your weight if you’re overweight: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes
November 14th is also Loosen up, lighten up day a time to relax & not stress about the small things. We shared Bracknell Forest Council’s tips on how to reduce & avoid workplace stress: https://buff.ly/2AEej4d
Philanthropy is the love of humankind, & National Philanthropy Day is a day when thousands of people around the world come together to both put that word into action & recognize the change that word has brought to our communities. Why not find the perfect role for you to help yourself and your community? Research shows that volunteering is linked to better self reported well-being, increased life satisfaction, increased self-esteem, long living, reduced brain shrinking and reduced depression symptoms: https://do-it.org/
If you need urgent help but not sure where to go, you can Dial 111. This is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
What happens to our brains when we exercise? November 17th is Take a Hike Day, when people are encouraged to get outside and go for a walk. There are many positive effects of exercising for your body & mind so try to fit in at least 20 minutes moderate exercise a day to stay healthy.
With autumn leaves and Christmas on the way, winter can be a wonderful time of the year. But winter can be a struggle for those of us who:
- Have a long term health condition
- Are over the age of 65
- Have a disability
- Are on a low income
Things like ensuring you get a flu jab and checking your heating works early on can help get you prepared for worse weather. This guide gives more advice and can help prepare you to keep well over the winter period: https://buff.ly/2hyMoeF
Rally Round is an easy to use online tool that family and friends can use to support someone they care about. Everyone in a network can share and discuss jobs and volunteer to help out. Text and email notifications keep everyone in the loop. Rally Round is available free of charge in Bracknell Forest thanks to the support of Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell & Ascot CCG: https://rallyroundme.com/bracknellandascot/
Mental health conditions amongst young men are becoming an increasing concern. Movember , focusing on Mens Health , is the perfect time to take action, raise awareness & help yourself. There are many mental health resources available in Berkshire to help: http://ow.ly/3qB730fPfvL