Self care

There are lots of ways to help you and your family keep well
  • Ask your pharmacist
  • Eat well
  • Medicine cabinet
  • NHS health checks
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Keep warm in winter

We are here to help you to stay well all year round. We want to help you to take better care of your health, and to let you know about the full range of health care available.

Ask your pharmacist  

Pharmacists are expert in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don't need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention. 

Eat well  

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.  

Medicine cabinet

Even a minor illness and ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. 

NHS health checks  

The NHS health check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk. 

Mental wellbeing

Your mental health is important. However, there's more to good mental health than avoiding or treating mental illness – there is also positive mental wellbeing. 

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you approach them with an open mind and try them out, you can judge the results yourself. These are:

1. Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.

2. Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

3. Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?

4. Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

5. Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness", and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

You can find out more more about improving your mental wellbeing on NHS choices.

Keep warm in winter  

Keeping warm can help prevent cold, flu and other serious health conditions. Wrap up warm and look out for your elderly friends and relatives to make sure they are safe and well.

For more information on any of the above, please speak to your GP practice, pharmacist or contact your local council and speak to the public health team.