The importance of staying healthy through winter

In this article we want to highlight the importance of self-care and care for others during the coming winter months.  We’re all aware of the extra challenges that living through the Covid-19 pandemic has placed upon us and our health, particularly in relation to our physical, emotional and social health.

The higher levels of acute loneliness since the start of the pandemic is just one of the key challenges that many of us (but particularly, the older population) will likely face to our health and wellbeing during winter. As the daylight hours decrease and the weather turns colder, the opportunities to get outside diminish, meaning many people will not leave their homes at all.

We all need to find ways to cope and to stay healthy both physically, emotionally and socially.  We compiled a little list of our tips and suggestions here at Heydays Care & Support, which we hope you’ll find of use:

  • Keep mobile and active, perhaps try some new exercise routines at home
  • Maintain a good, balanced diet, ensuring you get your ‘5 a day’
  • Keep to your usual weekly routine as much as possible and try to get a good amount of sleep each night
  • Challenge your mind by reading or doing jigsaws, crosswords or puzzles
  • Keep yourself busy with hobbies or even learn a new skill
  • Reach out to others who may be isolated in any way you can – a phone call, a letter or even arranging to meet for a walk.

This last point is about looking out for others and spreading kindness. It could be as simple as taking a slice of cake to a neighbour, picking up shopping for an older relative or sending a card to a friend.

If you or a loved one are looking for a little extra support at this time, feel free to chat to a member of our friendly team at Heydays Care & Support on 015395 52548 or 01229 808023