Residents encouraged to self care for life

To mark Self Care Week 2018 (12 to 18 November) Stockport Council and the local NHS are calling on people to Self Care for Life and take control of their health.

Residents encouraged to self care for life

Self Care for Life is about living well and being healthy. Many of us already practicing Self Care for Life, on a daily basis: Choosing to eat healthily, to self-treat common ailments and to be active are all positive self care actions.

Councillor Tom McGee Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“Largely avoidable conditions such as type2 diabetes, heart disease and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are all on the increase. If we can prevent these we can avoid a lot of suffering, which is better for you and your family. Even if you are already living with these conditions there is also plenty you can do to manage your own condition. That’s why the Council is backing Self Care Week 2018 and is urging local people to take extra care of themselves - I'm trying to do more of the self care suggestions myself.”

Local GP Dr Cath Briggs, Chair of NHS Stockport CCG, added:
“If you’re living with a long term condition you’ll be aware that medication isn’t the only thing that helps. There is so much you can do to help yourself. Keeping as active as you can and eating a healthy diet are really important. And it goes without saying that, if you smoke, finding a way to quit is vital if you want to improve your health.

“There are also plenty of free NHS six week courses going on in Stockport for people with long term conditions. The Expert Patient courses will give you the skills to manage your symptoms better and feel more in control of your life.”

To book on a course or just find out more about them ask at your GP practice or ring 0161 835 6689

A new Wellbeing and Self Care service is being rolled out to support people across Stockport in feeling more confident in living well with existing health conditions, and to improve their own wellbeing. This service is available through referral from a GP, so look out for more information in your GP practice.

Here are some simple steps to Self Care for Life:

  • Gain knowledge, skills and confidence in managing any existing health conditions you have – try visiting Healthy Stockport as a starting point
  • Move more - you don’t even have to join a gym, take a brisk walk, do some gardening, leave the car at home, take the stairs, dance around the kitchen table
  • Stop smoking - if you smoke one of the best things you can do for your health is to stop
  • Sleep - a good night’s sleep is essential to good health so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night
  • Drink less alcohol - most of us don’t realise how much we drink. Keep a check by downloading the free 'One You' Days off drink tracking app
  • Eat well - it is vitally important that we eat healthily and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar
  • Connect - with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Why not sign up for a cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Relax - we have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind. Holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful
  • Ask your pharmacist - your local pharmacist is the health professional on the high street and should be the first port of call for advice on treating minor illnesses

For further information visit:

  • Self Care Forum
  • One You - there are a number of free apps to help you live a healthy lifestyle, a walking app, Days off drinking app and Stop Smoking app
  • Local advice and support on how to live a healthy lifestyle and living with long term health conditions can be found at Healthy Stockport
  • Keep connected by finding what activities there are for you in your local community by visiting the Stockport Local Web Page