Here are self-care steps recommended by the experts. Make a promise to yourself to do the following – choose where you want to start on your path.
- Weigh myself every day and immediately notify my care team if I have gained more than five pounds in one day. I will also notify my care team if I lose weight without trying or making big changes to my diet or exercise level.
- Make healthy food choices daily – Eat at least five fruits/vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free dairy products; do not add salt to your food and do not use food products with a high salt content. Ask for a referral to a nutritionist if you have other health issues like diabetes and are not sure what foods are best to eat given your other health problems.
- Be active every day – Your health care team can help you know what is the right amount for you.
(fun ways to exercise)
- Quit smoking – For assistance, call the Maine Tobacco Helpline at 800-207-1230 – and avoid second-hand smoke.
- Limit alcohol to no more than one small drink per day and will not use illegal drugs especially cocaine.
(kicking bad habits)
- Know my numbers – Keep track of important health information, such as your body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, and blood pressure.
- Get regular medical and dental checkups.
- Get enough sleep at night and rest when I need it.
- Reduce my stress.
- Be patient and allow the days or weeks it might take for my heart drugs to start working.
- Keep a log of all the drugs I am taking including medicines and vitamins I got without a prescription and share that list with my care team. Call 211 for help if I cannot afford to buy my prescriptions.
- Wash my hands regularly.
- Talk to my medical team to see if immunizations for the flu and pneumonia are up to date.
- Talk to my healthcare team about any concerns or side effects I am having, including but not limited to depression, and be truthful about what I am doing and what I want answers about.