‘Think self care for life’, that’s the message from health leaders in Wolverhampton. During Self Care Week (18-24 November), locals are being encouraged to use treat any minor ailments themselves, and work on improving their overall mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Salma Reehana, GP and Chair at Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Self Care Week is a great opportunity to learn about the different ways you can incorporate self care into your daily life. Our health services are often under a lot of pressure, especially during the winter. By taking care of yourself to prevent illness, or by treating any minor ailments yourself, you will help relieve some of that pressure.
“By taking care of yourself and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you will be at a lower risk of getting injured or developing a serious condition.”
Dr Reehana added: “Another way you can use self care is to make sure you have everything you need at home to deal with any minor conditions such as a cold or sore throat. It costs as little as £10 to stock your medicine cabinet and this can make a big difference to your health this winter.”
We recommend always having the following items at home:
- Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol – for as little as 25p each (Junior paracetamol £1.90)
- Aspirin (should not be taken by children under 12) – for as little as 30p
- Antihistamines for allergies – for as little as £2.50 for a month’s supply
- Diarrhoea relief – for as little as £1
- Constipation relief – for as little as £1.60
- Throat lozenges – for as little as 99p
- Antacid – for as little as 99p.
You should also have a fully-stocked first aid kit with plasters and bandages. In the summer, make sure you have sunscreen and also antiseptic cream for bites and stings.
For more information on Self Care Week visit the Self Care Forum website at: http://www.selfcareforum.org/