Stay well this winter

Stay well this winter

 

There is always a lot to think about as we head into winter. We’ve compiled our top tips to help to keep you and your family healthy and well throughout the months ahead.


Boost your immunity

Both Flu and COVID-19 can be life-threatening and spread more easily in winter. Please boost your immunity and protect others by taking up the offer of flu and COVID-19 vaccination.

Local GP services and community NHS teams across Gloucestershire are offering the COVID-19 and flu vaccines to people who are most at risk of getting very ill this winter.

The vaccination hub can help you find out  how to get your vaccination if you’re eligible and your options for local COVID-19 vaccination drop-in clinics.


Look out for elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbours

If you are worried about someone you know, reach out to them. Check in to make sure they can get shopping, prescriptions and are managing to keep their home safe and warm.

Visit Your Circle for information, advice and support to help you, or someone you look after, stay independent, safe and well. It has lots of information about local groups, societies, clubs, and services in Gloucestershire.

For more on what help and support is available, contact your borough or district council. You can also find lots of information on the county council’s website, including what to do if you are worried an adult is at risk of harm.


Keep your home warm

Try to heat your home to a steady and comfortable temperature. If you are older or have a health condition, heat your home to a minimum of 18C.

If you are worried about affording winter fuel payments there is support available. Head to Simple Energy Advice for impartial and independent advice on reducing energy bills, making your home warmer and home energy grants.


Stay active

Staying active can have a huge positive impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. We know that exercising can be harder in winter as the nights draw in and colder weather makes us feel less motivated, but even a little bit of activity now and then can help you maintain strength and mobility.

If you don’t know where to start, We Can Move is full of tips and resources to help you start adding a bit of extra physical activity into your life.


Prioritise your mental health

Shorter days, darker nights and more time indoors can make us feel low. The lack of sunlight also means that a lot of people may not be getting the right amount of Vitamin D, which can also contribute to a low mood.

It’s important that you prioritise your mental health over the winter months. Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well, but we know it can be hard to know how to start or where to turn. Be Well Glos can help you find the support you need to overcome stress, anxiety, depression and more. You are not alone.


Eat well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best. Heading into winter, make sure you keep your cupboards and freezer well stocked with good, nutritious food. Eat plenty of fruit and veg and make sure you stay hydrated.

The NHS Eat Well Guide can help you plan your meals around a healthy balanced diet.


Seek advice as soon as you start to feel unwell

This is particularly important if you have a long term health condition. Your community pharmacy is a great first port of call for advice about looking after yourself at home.

As qualified healthcare professionals, Pharmacists can also offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. They can suggest tips on managing your symptoms and ways to reduce the risk of some illnesses getting worse.

Find your nearest pharmacy today.


Click or Call First

If you have an illness that won’t go away, and is not responding to self-care or advice from your pharmacy, you are advised to contact your GP surgery through their website, the NHS App or by phone.

If you think you may need A&E or to get the right service 24/7, click 111.nhs.uk or call 111. 111 can advise on illness and injury.

The 111 phone service can book you into local NHS services e.g. GP surgery, Community Minor Injury and Illness Unit or A&E if needed.


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Looking after yourself during winter leaflet