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Self-Care basics

Self-care is different for everyone, yet it is essential to all of us for looking after our health and wellbeing, mentally and physically.

Following some simple self-care basics can help you and your family live a healthier, happier, and longer life – find out more below.

Vitamin D


Vitamin D is needed to keep our bones, teeth, and muscles healthy and strong.

During the warmer months, sunlight provides us with our daily dose of vitamin D, but between October and March, it’s best to take vitamin D supplements to ensure we stay healthy.


Healthy lifestyle habits


Having healthy lifestyle habits is an important self-care basic.

Physical activity, eating well, drinking less alcohol, and not smoking can all lead to a better health and wellbeing.

If you need some support to build better, healthier lifestyle habits, LiveWell Dorset can help:


Staying connected with others


Anyone can experience loneliness at some point in their life, and it can feel different for everyone.

Keeping connected with friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues can help reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and help us process emotions to take care of our mental health and wellbeing.

If you know someone who may be feeling isolated and alone, try to reach out and connect with them, even if it’s just a phone call or a short walk for a quick chat. Keeping in touch with people can help combat loneliness.




Vaccinations are the best way to keep yourself and your family safe and well. They offer the best protection against infections and diseases, helping people live a longer and fuller life.

If you are eligible, it’s best to get both flu and COVID-19 vaccines to help you stay well through the winter months. Check if you are eligible and how to book your vaccines at




One self-care basic that is encouraged to most people to benefit their health, is getting outdoors in nature.

Being outdoors in nature can help us feel calm, joy, and increase our creativity and concentration – and it can also help reduce blood pressure. Connecting with nature is one of the most accessible ways to support good mental health.

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