Page last updated: 9 December, 2021, 2:51pm
What you can do to stay well this winter
The cold and damp weather expected during the winter can exacerbate existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. However, there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.
During the winter months it is important to keep warm. Keeping warm can help prevent colds, flus and more dangerous respiratory conditions. Follow these steps to keep you and your home warm during the winter:
- Keep your home at least 18 °C (65°F)
- Keep your bedroom window closed at night – Breathing cold air can increase the risk of a chest infection.
- Check all your heating and cooking appliances are safe and working correctly. During winter months increased call out numbers result in long wait times. Need help? Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check all your appliances. Find out more.
Winter can be costly for same families. There are grants, benefits and resources available to help families make their homes more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
If you would like more information visit simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
Staying active has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes, depression and dementia. Things you can do to stay active during winter:
- Try reducing the amount of time sat down. Regularly break up inactivity by standing or walking around your home.
- Use daily tasks such as walking up and down your stairs, housework and gardening to increase heart rate and improve circulation.
- Those more able can pick up a new skill such as dancing or partake in a short 15 minute workout found on Youtube.
It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as it keeps you active and moving. Avoid over exertion, if you experience any pain or become lightheaded immediately stop and it’s important to stay hydrated.
If you would like further advice on how to stay active visit Active Essex.
Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning, diarrhoea, flu and COVID-19.
Wash your hands thoroughly for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (around 20 seconds). Washing your hands removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to others.
If you don’t have access to soap and water use alcohol based handrubs.
For more information visit nhs.uk.
Make sure you get your prescription medicines before your pharmacy or GP practice closes for Christmas. If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or any other medication, make sure you take them as directed.
Do not visit your pharmacy if you are currently suffering with COVID-19 or suspect you are. Contact 111 if you need assistance.
If you can’t get to the pharmacy ask a friend, relative or volunteer to collect medicines for you.
You can now also order repeat prescription via the NHS app.