Keeping Well This Winter

Here are a few handy hints to help keep you well this Winter :-

Heat Your Home

Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F). You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep your bedroom window closed on a cold night as breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

If you can’t afford to heat the whole of your home only heat the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep. Don’t’ forget to close curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms you use most.

Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat inside your rooms and make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.

Use your electric blanket as instructed and get it tested every three years.  Never use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle together.

Do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home as it is inefficient and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Look after yourself

Contact your GP to arrange your flu jab.

If you start to get a cold or sore throat visit your local pharmacist for advice on treatment before it gets worse so that you can recover quickly.

Layer your clothing whether you are indoors or outside. Wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your lungs from the cold air.

Eat well

Eating regular meals will help keep your energy levels up during winter.

Hot meals and drinks help keep you warm, so eat at least one hot meal a day and have plenty of hot drinks.

Planning your meals will help to keep your diet as varied as possible.  Try to include your five portions of fruit and veg daily.  Tinned and frozen fruit and vegetables count towards your five a day.

Stock up on tinned or frozen foods and long life milk.  Maybe pop a sliced loaf of bread into the freezer, so that you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.

Stay active

Although exercise is good for your overall health, it can keep you warm in Winter, even moderate exercise can bring health benefits.  If possible, try to move around at least once an hour.

Keeping active generates heat and helps keep you warm. When you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and walk around, make yourself a warm drink and spread any chores throughout the day. Chair-based exercises and simply moving your arms and legs and wiggling your toes are helpful if walking is difficult.

Dress for the weather

Wear lots of thin layers, clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat. Wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips especially in icy weather

Get financial support

There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.

The Winter Fuel Payment This is a tax-free benefit to help pay for heating during winter.

The exact amount you’ll get depends on your circumstances, such as your age, whether you live alone and whether you’re getting Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance. You should get the payment automatically, payments are made over a number of weeks from November onwards, if you don’t receive a payment automatically, you should make a claim.

If there is anything that you would like advice about, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01708 796600 or