Self-care is part of daily living and means taking responsibility for your own health and wellbeing and that of your family, friends and community.

You can help yourself to stay healthy by having an awareness of your general health and taking steps to reduce the risk of developing problems in the future.

Long term conditions

If you have a long term condition it's important you stay active and try continue the things that are important to you such as gardening, seeing friends and family, going on holiday, or continuing to work. Long term conditions include:

  • Back pain and joint problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Neurology conditions
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stroke

Self care options

Self care is about looking after yourself, living a healthy lifestyle and looking at what you can do and want to do, rather than what you can't do. Our self-care options include:

  • Better in Kirklees supports people living with a long-term health condition to become more active and involved in their community. Through social prescribing, they connect people to groups and activities close to where they live based on their interests.
  • Reading Well the scheme aims to bring the healing benefits of reading to people with anxiety and depression.
  • My Health Tools A guided journey through self-care for persistent pain, breathing problems and anxiety.
  • Kirklees Active Leisure for fitness, swimming and sports as regular activity lowers the risk of many chronic diseases and boosts self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.
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