Get your flu vaccination on self care week

Today (13th November) marks the start of national self care week, which runs until 19th November.

A simple way of protecting yourself, your family, and colleagues this winter is by getting the flu vaccine.

All staff and volunteers are entitled to the free vaccination. For every vaccination, the Trust will be sending an equal number of tetanus vaccinations to third world countries - through Unicef.

Dr David Irwin, from Public Health England, explains here why it is so important to get vaccinated.

Dates of flu clinics are regularly being added to East24, which can be found here

Self-care is about living well and being healthy.  Being active, eating healthily and learning when to self-treat common ailments are all great ways to help yourself!

We know that conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and COPD can be avoidable – but the numbers of people living with these is still increasing. Making healthy life choices now can help us look after ourselves in the future. 

Here are some changes we can - or support others to – make to enjoy a healthier life.

  • Move more  - if going to the gym isn’t for you, try walking part of the way to work, taking the stairs or having a dance to your favourite songs!
  • Stop smoking - one of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking.  Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.
  • Sleep - a good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health. So don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night!
  • Eat well - it is vitally important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar.  Try swapping chocolate and crisps to nuts and fruit for healthy snack options. If you are worried about your weight, ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • 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. Consider mindfulness or yoga as these can be helpful.

For more tips visit, http://www.nhs.uk/selfcare 

Published, 13th November 2017

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