People have a key role in protecting their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term conditions. Self-management is a term used to include all the actions taken by people to recognise, treat and manage their own health.
Self-care is about keeping fit and healthy, to know when to get advice from your GP or another health professional. If you have a long-term condition, self-care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
Self-care is also recommended when you have a minor condition which doesn’t normally need medical care (from a doctor or nurse) or any treatment in order to get better. In practice, this means a person decides that they can manage their illness without seeing a doctor. This may be because they don’t like taking remedies or pills, or because they believe they will recover just as quickly if they stay at home and rest until their illness goes away of its own accord. Or they may pop out to buy medicines over the counter at a pharmacy. Either way, ‘self-care’ is something millions of us do every day – for positive and practical reasons.
Self-Care Week 18th-24th November 2019 is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self-care across communities, families and generations. More needs to be done to support people to better look after their own health. Empowering individuals to self-care has many benefits for their short term and long term health and this is important since people are living longer. Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.
This self-care week the surgery has chosen to raise awareness of men’s mental health, encouraging men to talk about their mental health with a friend, relative, or colleague, and visit their GP if they're struggling. It's ok to not be ok. The following documents contain a range of local services that may be helpful: Local mental health and wellbeing resources and Wellbeing and Resilience Building Resources.
Community Navigators North Bristol This is a free signposting service for the over 50s. Website: www.northbristoladvice.org.uk
BDP: Bristol Youth Links BDP offers free and impartial advice and information to young people aged 11-19 years, to make informed choices around drugs and alcohol. 0117 9876008 or email@example.com
Self-Care Forum This patient-focussed website aims to help people take care of themselves. www.selfcareforum.org
Well Aware This is a Bristol-based organisation that aims to improve your health and wellbeing. www.wellaware.org.uk
Carer Support Centre This local organisation provides a wealth of help and support for carers. Please note a number of free and upcoming training courses and workshops for carers:
Caring with Confidence - Fridays in North Bristol, February 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22
Coping with Loss and Change - Thursdays in North Bristol, March 21, April 4 and 25
Nutrition and Dementia - Thursdays in St Werburghs, April 25 and May 2, 9
Writing for Wellbeing Thursday 14 March in North Bristol
Bristol U3A (Bristol’s University of the Third Age) This organisations moto is live, laugh and learn and they offer a range of group activities that are physical, social or academic. www.bristolu3a.org.uk