Winter Wellbeing: Five top tips to keep safe during the colder months.

As the cold winter months approach, simple things can become all the more daunting. Whether it is nipping to the shop or having a quiet night in, the risk of flus and illnesses are always higher during this time of year.

Check out the five simple tips to improve winter wellbeing below:

1.Getting a flu jag…

Getting the flu vaccination is a great way to arm yourself against illness. You can get a free vaccination from the NHS if you’re 50 and over. Less people have built up flu immunity due to COVID-19 this year, so it is important to get that extra bit of protection.

2.Staying Warm…

Wrapping up on cold winter days can make a huge difference in combatting colds and flus. Making sure that heating is on and having spare blankets to hand is another good way to keep yourself warm. For the colder days, using draft excluders and shutting curtains can act as an extra way to insulate your home.

3.Playing it Safe…

Icy paths, dark nights and cold temperatures mean it’s important to be vigilant when out and about. Being careful on cold days or deciding not to go out on certain days if the weather is extreme can be the difference in avoiding a nasty slip or fall. Drivers should always properly defrost their car and check the forecast and roads before going on journeys.

4.Adjusting your Diet…

Making small changes to your diet will ensure the body is prepared to fight off any colds or flus. Eating nutritious meals along with fruit and vegetables can have a massive impact in preventing illnesses - tea and other hot drinks can also help with this. In general, drinking lots of water and having a balanced diet is a great way to nourish your body.

5.Stocking Up…

Stocking up on food, drinks, medication and resources when approaching the winter months is also important. Deliveries are more likely to be delayed so it is especially important that you order medical prescriptions in advance. This little bit of preparation could be a saviour as winter approaches however it is important to not go overboard with the stocking!

More advice can be found on the NHS website: http://www.healthscotland.scot/ or by contacting Bield via hello@bield.co.uk.