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News: Self Care Week 2021

When was the last time you took some time out to look out for you and your own mental and physical health and wellbeing?

This week (15-21 November) is Self Care Week – the perfect opportunity to take a little ‘me time’ and an impromptu health check.

Self Care Week was established to raise awareness of the importance of self-care and how it improves personal health and contributes to a more sustainable NHS.

Whether it's giving up smoking, doing a little more exercise or reducing your weekly alcohol intake, making small changes can result in significant, long-term benefits.

The same goes for your mental health, too. Taking some time out to relax and unwind, trying out breathing techniques and making sure you keep in touch with friends and family all help put us in a better place.

Self-care is vital for two main reasons. First, it can significantly impact both the way you feel and your long-term health. By taking steps to minimise the risk of serious illness, you give yourself a better chance of enjoying a problem-free future.

Second, it helps ease the pressure on the NHS by reducing the number of people entering the healthcare system with preventable conditions. If you’re healthier now, it’s less likely you’ll need the NHS in the future.

Natalie Geddis, Physical Health Nurse Lead at Oxleas NHS, said: “Do look after yourself during Self Care Week and beyond – take that annual health check that you’ve been putting off and make sure you’re fit, healthy and ready for winter.”

View our short film below with Natalie for details on how you can sign up to practise self care, not just as part of Self Care Week, but for life. You’ll find a great collection of self-care resources at the Self Care Forum.

You can also sign up for the Forum’s newsletter, which is packed full of excellent self care tips, ideas and information.

Self Care Week from Oxleas NHS

Published on 15th November 2021