Self Care Week 2021

This week marks Self Care Week. It’s the annual national event that raises awareness of what we can all do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.

Self Care Forum, the organiser of Self Care Week, is a charity that aims to empower and encourage everyone to make self care a part of their lives and an everyday habit. It’s an incredibly important message for us all, particularly when times are as tough as they are right now.

Why is practicing self care important?

Adding the practice of self care into our everyday lives can help us to live as healthily as possible. And better health for us can help us cope better with the challenges that come our way.

This week is a perfect time to think about how we live our lives and maybe make some small changes that will help us take better care of ourselves and our families.

What changes can we make?

It could be looking at what we eat or drink, the level of exercise and physical activity we undertake or how much sleep we get each night. It can also be looking at our work life balance, because spending time with friends and family is important to our wellbeing, and theirs.

Where do we begin with self care?

It can be a little overwhelming sometimes to think about making big changes to your life, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking small steps is often the best way to get into new habits. Getting the right information can give you a great place to start. Remember, it isn’t just the GP practice that can help, pharmacies are also health experts. Pharmacists can also signpost you to the right place for additional health advice or treatment.

And don’t forget, NHS 111 can also be a good resource for health advice for things that are not life-threatening.

Looking for further information?

The NHS website has lots of information on what steps to take to look after you and your family. The Self Care Forum also has some useful fact sheets you might like to download.

The important thing to remember is, practicing self care is something we all need to do every day. For ourselves. For our families. And for the NHS.