Looking after Yourself

There’s a lot you can do to look after your physical and mental health and general wellbeing.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a good start. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a good diet, exercising, not smoking, drinking sensible amounts of alcohol, and avoiding or moderating drug use.

Attending your clinic appointments is important and, if you are on HIV treatment, then taking it properly is a very important part of staying well. It is important to speak to your doctor about your health needs, so that you are both working as a team.

Looking after your emotional health is also very important. It’s good to have somebody you can trust who you can talk to about your feelings and discuss any problems you may have.

Living with HIV can be hard at times, and most people need the help of others from time to time. Asking for help during these times can aid you in dealing with these new challenges.