Winter brings with it an increase in health risks, especially in elderly people and people with long term conditions, but it can affect anyone. The combination of cold temperatures outdoors and indoor central heating alone can lead to problems such as seasonal asthma, more bouts of cold and flu, and flare ups of skin conditions.
However, there are easy steps everyone can take to stay well this winter and reduce the health risks associated.
Top tips for winter wellness:
- Look after yourself in the usual ways – staying active and drinking plenty of fluids, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and looking after your mental health.
- Get your vaccinations, particularly Covid-19 and Flu at this time of year.
- Keep your medicine cupboard stocked up with over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol and diarrhoea relief, and basic first aid equipment.
- Heat your home to at least 18°C, use blankets and wear slippers. If you need support heating your home, please click here. When heading out, make sure to wear layers and a hat, scarf and gloves depending on conditions.
- If you are unwell, think which service is right for you. If you need medical help right now, use NHS 111 online or call 111 for children aged under 5. If it is a real emergency and life-threatening, then you can call 999. If it's less urgent, contact your doctor or pharmacist.