Looking After Yourself
Tips On Looking After Yourself
When you’re living with HIV, it’s more important than ever to protect your immune system to maintain overall health. By keeping your body as healthy as possible, it’s much better equipped to fight off viruses and other types of infections. Incorporating healthy habits, both physical and mental, will have a vast improvement on your quality of life.
Live a healthy lifestyle. Connect with others and nurture your friendships. Fuel your body with a healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet, and allow it to recharge each night with enough quality sleep. Ask for help and accept it when it’s offered. Keep your alcohol and smoking in check. Keep active, even a walk in the park does everyone wonders. Be gentle with yourself, and remember to breathe. Try to treat your mind and body well and you’ll be more than ready to live your best life.
Spending time with friends and family, and spending time in group and community activities improves mental and general health. QPP even has social groups that you can join and meet new people.
It is not uncommon for people to experience unhappiness, distress, anxiety or depression at some point, but there are a lot of other things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Information for Women
Women make up more than 10 percent of PLHIV in Australia. While HIV affects everyone differently, women often face particular challenges.
Regular STI testing is the best way to identify if you have contracted an STI, and is particularly important if you are sexually active.
Smoking, Drugs & Alcohol
Smoking, alcohol and drug overuse can contribute to feelings of depression, and have negative impacts to your body, but help is available.
By keeping your body as healthy as possible, it’s much better equipped to fight off viruses and other types of infections.
Our trained team is here to help you should you have any questions or need support. You can contact QPP toll free from a Queensland land-line on 1800 636 241 or (07) 3013 5555 nationally, email us at email@example.com or use our contact us form.