This self care week (15-21 November) Fylde Coast residents are being reminded that self care doesn’t mean do it yourself.
Self care is not all about treatment of minor ailments. It is about choosing to take steps to prevent illness. Joining social groups, making use of sports facilities and accessing social prescribing link workers through GP practices has a knock on effect to overall health and the pre-determinants of health.
Whether it’s doing more exercise, quitting smoking or changing your diet or even just making new friends we all know what we can do to prevent ill health. For some though the issue is finding motivation or getting over the nerves of doing something new to make a difference. There are a host of health services available that are designed specifically to offer the support you need to make those first steps though.
Louise Peacock, a social prescribing link worker from Lytham St Annes said: “Social prescribing is about talking to a person and establishing what is affecting their health and wellbeing and talking about what, if anything they want to explore further as a way to tackle those issues.
“We connect people to community groups and even come with you if you like. It’s about looking at your strengths and working to build on.”
Most GP practices have access to a Social prescribing link workers or health coaches that people can ask to speak to. Their role is to guide people through the hundreds of options and support them in to a service that best suits their needs. They will even go as far as going with you to a new group or service if you need it.
Local authorities have lots of people willing to offer advice on finding new services or hobbies for you. That could be in the form of a sports coach at one of the sports centres or even a librarian to help search for a new hobby or interest group.
Then there are over 3,000 voluntary groups across the Fylde Coast that are there to offer support and a friendly welcome to anyone who wants to get involved.
During the week people can join in the conversation about all the support available to them using #selfcaretogether. They can also find out more information on www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/local-services/selfcare or go to www.fyidirectory.co.uk for more than 3,000 groups and services that will all help you improve your health and wellbeing.