Self-care

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Self-care helps you to stay as healthy and as independent as you can. It's about making small lifestyle changes that can have a big effect on your wellbeing.

Self-care can be as simple as calling a friend for a chat, doing a bit of exercise or joining a lunch club. It is also about managing any conditions you have in a way that puts you in control and improves your quality of life.

We have created a wide range of activities and services to support you to take better care of yourself, to stay independent, gain new interests and have fun. Find out more about local self-care services on the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council website or visit One Westminster if you live in Queen's Park and Paddington.

Your mental wellbeing

Take a look at our five areas of well-being to get you started: Connect, Be Active, Give, Take Notice, Learn. You can also find out more more about improving your mental wellbeing on NHS Choices.

Connect

Strong social relationships are key to maintaining your health and wellbeing.

Get started. Going to Friday prayers, your local church, singing group or language club, are a great place to start.

Be Active

It's important to stay active, for both body and mind. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age.

Get started. Do a crossword puzzle, go for a walk in the local park, or join a walking or gardening group. For something more challenging go for pilates or yoga classes, badminton, zumba or join a football group.

Give

Lending a hand to others can boost your mood and help combat loneliness and depression.

Get started. Reach out to volunteer at a local charity shop or faith group. We have a range of volunteering opportunities, at local museums and community centres.

Take Notice

Taking a moment to pay more attention to the present – to your thoughts, feelings and the world around you – can significantly improve your mental wellbeing and relationships.

Get started. Start in your local park, take some time to notice the sights, smells and sounds around you. Try our services which include gardening, yoga and massage.

Learn

Learning in later life can help your confidence, your connection to your community, and improve your digital skills.

Get started. Start with your local library, the University of the Third Age, or try local book and history groups. Learn a new skill or reignite an old hobby with our classes on cooking, IT, reading and languages.

Be prepared

Even a minor illness and ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life. Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. 

Ask your pharmacist

Pharmacists are experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don't need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.

NHS health checks

The NHS health check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.

My Care My Way for over 65s

If you are over 65 living in West London you can speak to your GP about the My Care My Way programme. Your GP and health and social care professionals will work with you to make a personalised health and wellbeing plan.

Where can I find more information?

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:

 

People First

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The People First website provides a range of information, ideas and services to help maintain independence and wellbeing in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. It aims to treat people as experts on their own lives and issues, and allows residents to feel in control of their own lives and the choices they have available to them.

The council funded website is aimed at the older adult population, people living with disabilities of whatever kind, and those who look after others.

 

Your child's health and Low back pain guides

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Parents, carers and others who look after children are invited to download the free guide to “Your child’s health” here.

Read our low back pain leaflet, which also comes in an easy read version.