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What is self management?

Self-management is a term that covers a whole range of things you can do to help yourself live a better life if you have a long-term health condition, either a physical or mental condition.

On average, people living with a health condition spend just 3 hours per year with their health care team; the rest of the time they are managing day to day life with that condition or their own – or self-managing.

We can teach you the tools, skills and support you need to improve your wellbeing. Self-management does not mean doing it alone. We help you make informed choices about what services and support you want and need and how to work in partnership with your healthcare professionals.

Self-management encourages you to:
- find out more about your condition
- learn new skills and tools to help you manage your health
- work better, and in partnership, with your health care professionals
- take charge of your health care and choose what is right for you
- get support from other people in a similar situation to you

Self-management is suitable no matter your long-term health condition (s); asthma, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, and more.