Self management and how can it help you? (Adult Asthma)

1) What is self management

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.
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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.