While there’s lots to be excited about this time of year, its still important we look after our health.

Lots of health conditions can get worse in winter. As nights get longer and temperatures drop, people are more likely to have:

  • Colds
  • Asthma
  • Cold sores
  • Flu

People are also at risk for more serious things like:

  • Heart attack
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

So how can we reduce the chances of getting ill?

Keeping Warm

This is especially important for the young, elderly, and people who have existing health conditions. Make sure you are heating your home to at least 18C, keep curtains closed at night, and get your heating system checked by a professional.

There is financial help available to help heat your home. They include the Winter Fuel Payment, and the Cold Weather Payment.

Make sure you’re checking in on vulnerable or elderly neighbours and relatives this time of year. You can make sure they are safe and well, warm enough, and have enough medicine and food in.

 

For more information on staying warm this winter, see the NHS site.

Getting on top of things

If you start to feel ill this winter, go to your pharmacist as soon as symptoms appear. You can also prevent colds by washing hands regularly, and keeping things like cups, glasses, and towels clean, especially if someone in your house is ill.

If you become very ill this winter (with norovirus, for example) make sure you are staying hydrated and warm.

Also, remember to get your flu jab. Check if you’re eligible for a flu jab, or you can pay as little as £7 for one.

Stress can also have a big effect on your health, especially when it comes to things like cold sores, painful joints and, high blood pressure. The NHS has 10 stress busters that they’re advising people use. They include suggestions like getting active and connecting with people.

What are your go to tips for staying warm this winter? Let us know!

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