Self Care

Look out for yourself and others this Summer

During the Summer season, it’s crucial to prioritise both your own wellbeing and that of others.

Take your medication as it has been prescribed – especially any preventers that help stop flare ups and keep you well.

Check in often on family, friends, and neighbours, particularly those who live alone or are at higher risk of getting very sick, such as older or disabled people.

If you or someone you know is lonely or struggling, visit our Mental Health page

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and encourage your children to drink more often.  Don’t forget your pets.

Be Sunsmart; Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. Check out Healthify on managing sunburn.

If you’re concerned about your risk of getting sick, consider limiting the time you spend in closed, crowded or confined places, and think about wearing a well-fitting mask when you are around a lot of other people. 

Keep up with the healthy habits that can help protect yourself and others from getting sick over summer

Wash your hands often with warm soapy water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based sanitiser.  This is one of the easiest ways of keeping you and others safe. 

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and dispose of the tissue in a bin.  Then wash or sanitise your hands.  

Clean surfaces and objects regularly, especially those that are touched a lot.  

Keep the air fresh and clean when you’re inside by opening windows and doors. 

If unwell, don’t attend private and public events. If you need to go out, wear a well-fitting mask to help stop spreading germs to other people. 

Plan ahead if you’re travelling

Before you travel, contact your doctor, nurse, healthcare provider or pharmacy for any health needs and make sure you have enough prescription medication, RATs and masks, for the time you are travelling.   

Pharmacies outside main centres may not carry some medicines, or have limited stock, so it is best to take what you need with you. 

Remember, opening hours for your doctor’s clinic and local pharmacy might change over the summer period, so get in touch early.  

Check you have everything you need to stay well, especially if you’re travelling into remote or rural areas where there won’t be as many health services.  

Your local doctor may be able to register you with their patient portal so you can book online appointments, order repeat prescriptions, and see your health records online when you are on holiday. 

Pack a first aid kit 

Self care kit

A self-care kit can be helpful in treating minor wounds, managing illness symptoms and providing comfort. Here are some suggestions for what to include in your kit:


to monitor your body temperature and help determine if you have a fever.

Instant cold packs

to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Tea and honey

to soothe a sore throat and provide comfort.

Pain Relievers

such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to help relieve aches, pains or inflammation.

Elastic bandages

to support sprains and strains.

Contact information

for your healthcare provider in case you need to seek medical attention.

Hand sanitiser

to help prevent the spread of germs.

Adhesive bandages

in different sizes – to cover and protect minor cuts and scrapes.

Cough drops/lozenges

to soothe a sore throat.

Antiseptic creams/wipes

to clean wounds and prevent infection.


to blow your nose and help prevent the spread of germs.

Comfort items

such as a cosy blanket, favourite book or movie, or other items that help you relax and feel better.

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