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Taking Care of Yourself

You can do a lot to help yourself. One of the most important things is to get support. This can be your partner, a family member, a close friend, or a group of people in the same situation you're in. These people can do a lot to make you feel better physically and emotionally.

You can also help yourself through lifestyle changes. Something as simple as eating healthy foods and staying active can help your overall health a lot.

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Here are some ways to help yourself:

Another way you can help yourself is to keep a personal health record. This is a place where you keep all the information about your health, such as your medicines, past health problems, and allergies. This information can help your doctors. And it's valuable if you change doctors, move, get sick when you're away from home, or end up in an emergency room. If any of these things happen and you have your records, you may get treatment more quickly and your treatment will be safer.

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Last Updated: April 02, 2013
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