Self management is about:
- Understanding your Asthma and how it affects you.
- The positive things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing. Small changes can make a big difference.
- Having the confidence to manage your Asthma day to day.
- Being able to make informed choices and decisions about your life and health.
- Including support from family, friends and community as part of your well being.
- Enabling you to have an equal partnership with the health care professionals and non NHS partners who can help you.
- Knowing when, where and how to get the help you need.
- Getting answers to your health questions.
- Setting your own goals and priorities to help you move forward with your life while living with Asthma.
- It is about you being in control of your condition and not it being in control of you!
- It is about you gaining and using skills which can be used to better manage your Asthma with support from your health care professionals, carers and family.
- Self management is you approaching the day-to day challenges you face while living Asthma in different and more effective ways.
Self management is NOT:
- About abandoning you to struggle on your own.
- Isolating you.
- Telling you what to do without asking you about your choices.
- About saving money for the NHS or social services.