Take care of yourself so you can look after the important people in your life you’re never too young or too old to look after yourself
A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body…
Connect – social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health
Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups
Take notice – studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being
Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life
Give – Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
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Take responsibility for your health Find out what services your GP surgery offers
If you’re GP has contacted you and offered a flu jab take them up on the offer – it’s free because you need it!
Q: What do I do if I get flu?
A: If you're otherwise healthy, you can look after yourself at home by resting, keeping warm and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you feel unwell and have a fever, you can take paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen to lower your temperature and relieve aches. Stay off work or school until you're feeling better. For most people, this will take about a week. Call NHS 111 or see your pharmacist if your symptoms get worse or last longer than a week.
You can also get great advice from your pharmacy or NHS 111
Your local pharmacist is the health professional on the High Street For advice on managing your medicines when you have a long term condition, speak to your pharmacist Ask your pharmacist for advice to help you self-care for life Some community pharmacies are open longer, easy to get to and have consultation rooms for private conversations
Be prepared the moment illness hits, have a well-stocked medicine cabinet with painkillers and cough and cold remedies.
Feeling unwell and unsure about whether you can care for yourself? Call 111 for advice, anytime and the call is free. Over 5000 people in MK used 111 last month.
Next time you’re not sure whether you can care for yourself, why not call them? It’s available 24/7 and calls are free!
Check your health conditions and know what to do next: http://bit.ly/1X0CVwh
For tips to live well, NHS Choices can help: http://bit.ly/1pKzd7e
NHS Choices can help with advice on long term conditions: http://bit.ly/1oiB7eo
Find out how NHS Choices can help you look after your health www.learnmyway.com/courses/nhs-choices-a-how-to-guide/