The NHS across Sussex is supporting Self Care Week which will run from Monday 15 November.
The awareness-raising week aims to encourage people to take greater control over their own health and wellbeing.
Self care refers to the types of things we can do ourselves, sometimes with help and support, to stay well or look after ourselves if we become ill.
This includes treating minor ailments effectively, taking prescribed medicines correctly, keeping as fit as possible and seeking help when you need it from the right place.
"Everyone can benefit from self care," says Diana Grice, Director of Public Health for Brighton NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother.
"Self care definitely doesn’t mean doing everything on your own, as support and advice is available from local NHS services.
But, if we do what we can to look after ourselves and stay as healthy as possible, we will improve our own quality of life and also help to reduce any pressure on the NHS."
Self care is particularly important during the winter months as seasonal illnesses increase.
Following these simple steps can help you to take more control over your own health:
* Choose well - know where best to access health care or advice before you need it. Your options include talking to your pharmacist about minor ailments, seeking advice from your GP or practice nurse, visiting a local NHS walk-in centre for treatment or calling NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
* Have an up-to-date medicine and first aid kit at home to deal with basic health problems
* Contact your GP practice about having a free flu vaccination, particularly if you are elderly, suffer from a long-term condition or care for someone who does.
* Find out what information and support is available if you have a long-term health condition. Visit www.nhs.uk/selfcare for more details.
* Increase the amount of exercise you take and eat a well-balanced diet
* Seek free NHS support if you would like to quit smoking or you are worried about your alcohol intake
For more information to help you look after yourself and stay as healthy as possible, visit www.nhs.uk/selfcare