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Look after yourself this winter

There are lots of ways you can help yourself to stay well this winter:

 

Get your Covid and flu vaccines

 

Please take up the offer of a free flu vaccine, if you’re eligible. It’s free to more people than ever before.  If you haven’t already please take up the offer of a Covid vaccine – whether that’s your first, second or your booster dose – it’s never too late. These vaccines provide the best protection from these viruses.

 

Keep your medicines cabinet well-stocked 

Be prepared for common health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. You can find a list of medicines, recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, to help you deal with most minor health problems and illnesses here.

Stay active and healthy

No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Adults should aim to be active every day. Some is good – more is better still.

A daily brisk walk can boost your energy, lift your mood and make everyday activities easier. Take a look at some helpful advice and tips to help you get moving more every day. Get active - Better Health - NHS

For people who are not used to exercising take a look at HowFit – an exercise programme that encourages people of any ability, from chair based to fairly fit, to undertake a plan of simple exercises that can be carried out without the need for any special equipment.

Mental health

Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time, and after the year we’ve had it’s understandable for people to be struggling. There can be a lot of pressure on people at this time of year, and it’s often easy to neglect your own personal wellbeing and feel stressed, worried, or isolated.

To help you take good care of yourself, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) offers free self-help guides on a range of topics, from anxiety to sleeping problems and stress. They are available in a range of formats and can be found online at www.cntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp. You can also access a library of free relaxation techniques that can help you relieve stress and gain a sense of well-being. The following websites also contain a wide range of resources and places to contact that may help if you are struggling to cope: