Have a happy healthy Christmas - blog from Professor Kate Ardern

Have a happy healthy Christmas - blog from Professor Kate Ardern

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’ve all got lots of festivities booked in with family and friends.

The last thing we want to worry about is feeling unwell, and there are some really simple things you can do to make sure you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy winter.

Make sure you have your medicine cabinet stocked up with the essentials. Your pharmacist can help you with many over-the-counter medicines that can relieve symptoms of colds, sore throats, coughs or ear infections. If you have older or vulnerable relatives you can help them to stock up their cabinets too so they don’t run out over Christmas. It’s also a good idea to remind family members to get their prescription medicines before the local pharmacy closes for the holidays.

Getting a flu jab is a great way to protect you from flu. It’s especially important for people over aged 65, anyone with long-term health conditions, children or those caring for others.

Help your loved ones to stay warm in their homes and stocked up with essential food supplies in case the weather turns and it’s tricky to leave the house. Keep in touch with neighbours who might be elderly or vulnerable and ask if they need any practical help. For those without family and friends around them this can be a very difficult time of year – a helping hand from a neighbour may go a long way.

The best way to stay healthy over winter is to look after yourself with simple things like eating your 5 a day, exercising, sleeping well and looking after your mental health. We are fortunate to have so many brilliant services available in the borough to help you with this. You can either drop into one of the healthy routes shops in Wigan and Leigh town centres or take a look at the NHS website.

If you do feel unwell remember to try to rest, drink plenty of fluids, use over-the-counter medicines to give you relief and have at least one hot meal a day to keep your energy levels up.

I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas and sending best wishes for the New Year.

Posted on Thursday 13th December 2018

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