Self care

Looking after yourself means knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek appropriate clinical help. There’s a lot of information on this site that will help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing, such as how to stop smoking, eat more healthily or sleep better.

Remember you can also get advice from your local pharmacist for lots of health issues, and there's no need for an appointment.

Be prepared

Make sure you have enough medicines for when you can't get to your doctor or pharmacist.
Days Off app

Could you use some time off the booze?

Like to unwind with a glass of something in the evening? If you're not careful it's easy for the occasional glass in the evening to quickly become 2 or 3 glasses most days.

Stay Well This Winter

It's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health.

Ready for a new you?

It’s that time of year when, after overindulging a bit, we’re all thinking about getting some healthier habits.

Be Food Smart

Without us realising it, we are all eating too much sugar, saturated fat and salt.


If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down.

Stop smoking

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards a smokefree life. Millions of people have used Smokefree to help them stop smoking.

How to recover after an illness

Advice from Dr Frances Goodhart, consultant clinical psychologist

How to get to sleep

If you have difficulty falling asleep, a regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for bed.

Coping with physical illness

This two minute animation explores how anxiety and depression may occur when you have a serious physical illnesses, and what you can do to help you cope.

How to cut down on sugar

We Britons really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweet stuff a week. That's an average of 140 teaspoons per person.

Seven quick tips to being mindful

In recent years, mindfulness has become incredibly popular as people look to find a balance between being peaceful and their busy lives.