Self Care

Self-care is the best choice to treat many minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common illness and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.

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What is self-care?

Self-care means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s brushing your teeth, taking medicine when you have a cold or doing some exercise.

How can I self-care?

Self-care includes the actions you take every day in order to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health, meet your social and psychological needs, prevent and treat illness, and care more effectively for minor ailments.

If you have a long-term condition there are extra things you may need to consider such as making changes to your diet, different types of exercise or medication you may need to take.

NHS Choices

The NHS Choices website is full of information, tips and tools that can help put you in charge of your own health and wellbeing.

There you will be able to find:

Self Care Kit

Your Self Care Kit should include: 

  • Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
  • ​Child paracetamol or ibuprofen syrups 
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Selection of plasters
  • Elastic bandages and dressings
  • Mild antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antihistamines (hayfever tablets)
  • Travel sickness tables
  • Aspirin (not for under 16yrs)
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine
  • Plasters
  • Indigestion remedy