Small changes that can make a big difference are the focus of this year’s Self Care Week which runs 18-24 November and will feature three events in Walsall.
The week raises awareness around the support available for people managing their long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes arthritis and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
In Walsall this week residents will be able to find out more about the Self Care Management Programmes that are run through Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
Jo Hannigan, Business Support Manager for Self Care Management Programmes said: “Our courses can be life-changing for many patients who build on their existing skills and experience to feel confident and in control of their long term health condition.
“Self Care is about prioritising your physical health and mental wellbeing and making small changes to start with to help you make the most of your life. These can then lead to bigger changes. During Self Care Week we will be explaining how our courses work and advising people how they can make meaningful changes. This will be supported by blogs from some of our patients which will hopefully inspire people too.”
Come and visit our Self Care Management Team on the following dates:
Monday 18 November 10am-3pm, Manor Hospital main atrium
Tuesday 19 November 10am-12noon, Healthwatch event at Blakenall Village Centre
Wednesday 20 November 8.30am-11am Pinfold Health Centre, Bloxwich
Some suggested small changes:
- Get active. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs.
- Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
- Make positive changes. Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and get active. Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
- A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night.
- Stop! These days we lead such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.