Health and wellbeing
Everyone has a right to feel good about their life. It’s not just our physical health which affects how we feel, but our emotional health and our mood too.
Are you giving your body the best chance? Take the Public Health One You quiz to get a quick snapshot of your health.
The quiz looks at your eating habits, how much you move, and if you drink alcohol or smoke. It analyses what you tell it and lets you know how you’re doing.
Smoking isn’t healthy. It can cause heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. Livewell will help patients who are registered with a GP practice in Derby. You can also check out the NHS Smokefree website for help stopping.
Looking after your health is important even when you feel well. The NHS will offer you things like vaccinations, which protect you against dangerous diseases. They also screen people for diseases.
Screening can include things like:
- looking for cancer before it causes any symptoms
- looking for diabetes
- looking for diseases that become more common as people age.
If you go for a screening test and something is caught early, you will have a better chance of recovering than if it was caught late.
Physical health and mental health are linked. it’s important that you pay attention to your mental health and look after it. You should make time to do things you enjoy like seeing friends, spending time with your family, or doing a hobby. It’s important not to hide away if you already feel sad and alone, as this will make you feel worse. It can also make any physical conditions you have feel worse too.
If you have sex, it’s important to protect yourself. This includes things like contraception – not just for preventing pregnancy. Condoms can also prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Your GP can talk to you about issues like fertility, menopause, and general sexual health. The NHS website: Live Well - Sexual Health is also a good starting point:
People often feel more in control of their lives when they are able to make decisions for themselves. When they can direct their life the way they want, and live independently, they feel more positive. This increases wellbeing.
You can speak to family and friends, your social worker, or one of our Local Area Coordinators, about living more independently.