Self-care is the best option for looking after minor illnesses and injuries, such as coughs, colds, tummy troubles, cuts and scrapes. 
Most conditions of this nature can be effectively treated with medicine and other health products that can be bought over-the-counter in pharmacies and most supermarkets. 

How to self-care

Self-care is not just about acting when there is a problem, but also incorporating healthy habits as part of a daily routine to help maintain good physical and mental health.  

People living with long-term conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, should wherever possible take extra steps, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly, to live a healthy life. 

Some examples of effective self-care include: 

  • Having a well-stocked medicine box (including paracetamol, mild laxatives, bandages, plasters, antiseptic cream and indigestion tablets) 
  • Exercising regularly 
  • Getting enough sleep 
  • Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day 
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation 

Pharmacists can provide expert advice on the most-effective methods of self-care. 


Why self-care?

Keeping fit and healthy not only helps to boost a person's immunity against common minor conditions, but also helps people to feel happier. 

A healthy lifestyle also decreases the likelihood of developing a more serious condition, including some types of cancer, in later life.