Self-care means each of us having a stake in managing our own health and wellbeing. It is an integral part of the healthcare system. By having an active role in our health, we can reduce pressure on the entire healthcare system and own how well we feel. Health systems need to work efficiently, with each part of it giving appropriate care and counsel. Each of us in society wants to feel well. When we don’t, self-care products, like medicines that don’t need a prescription, food supplements and devices, are available to help us to get back to normal.
Pharmacists are there to offer helpful advice on over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments. Our own diets, when they are balanced, help with quality of life. Sometimes, when certain conditions trigger deficiencies or our own diets are not as good as they should be, we use food supplements. Regular exercise helps us to feel well too. And our mental health should always be part of our self-care regime.
So, how do we fit all this into our daily lives so that we live better for longer, help our health system to function efficiently and generate value for society? We ask our panel of experts.
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