Look after yourself

By Dr Wirin Bhatiani

December is such a busy month and the winter weather can take its toll – then before you know it, you’re in bed with a virus or your mental health is suffering as a result.

That’s why it’s important to try and look after yourself and your family.

I know the pressure is on at Christmas time, but just stop for a minute to think how you can take better care of yourself.

A few weeks ago it was Ask your Pharmacist week, and they are always happy to advise you on what medicines you should have at home in your bathroom cabinet just in case you fall ill over the festive period.

If you’re on regular medication, then hopefully you will have ordered your repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. For a list of pharmacy opening hours over Christmas and New Year, check out our website: www.boltonccg.nhs.uk

Looking after yourself is not just about stocking up on paracetamol and indigestion tablets.

It’s best to keep warm during winter, and heat your home to 18C if you can.

The cold weather can badly affect people with long term health conditions, the elderly, very young and people living with a disability. Keeping your home at a constant temperature can help to ward off colds, flu and pneumonia.

Wear thin layers instead of one bulky item, and try to keep active even if you’re at home – get up and move about every hour, even if it’s just to go and make a cup of tea.

Bolton Council has plenty of information on their website on how to keep warm and well in winter including help to make your home more energy efficient: www.Bolton.gov.uk

All these are practical ways to keep well this winter. Try and look after yourself, and each other.

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