Have you noticed how weird the weather has been so far this Autumn? Last week the temperatures were in the early twenties and today the temperature gauge in my car read 10˚C! It’s one extreme to the other. Winter is creeping up on us and along with it will come the inevitable Winter coughs and colds. So, here are a few tips on keeping well in Winter months.
Keep your home warm
You really need to be making sure that you have the ideal room temperature for each room in your house. It should be 18˚C at the very least. The optimum room temperature is between 18°C and 21°C. Temperatures lower than 18°C or higher than 24°C can be a health risk and minimum temperatures of 20°C or 21°C may be required for the elderly, infants or the sick. Always keep your bedroom window closed on a cold winter’s night. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
Look into financial support
It goes without saying that to keep your house warm, it costs money. If you are struggling to afford the central heating bills, there are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient. There is also help available to improve your heating or help with bills. Take a look at the gov.uk website for more information.
Consider getting the flu vaccine
Some may think this is a little controversial but it’s something that I do every year without fail. I’m not eligible to get it free on the NHS so I make a point of paying for the vaccine every year. Not only do I do it for me but I do it for those around me. I started doing this when my Mum was undergoing chemotherapy a few years ago. We need to keep her as healthy as possible and that means keeping unnecessary germs away from her. For me, it’s a no-brainer.
Wear sensible clothes
Layer up when outside. If it gets too warm you can take a layer off. Embrace Autumn and Winter fashions and get snuggly in scarves (I love this time of year because I am obsessed with them!) Not only do they look good but if you wrap one around your mouth it will protect your lungs from the cold air and any germs that might be flying around.
Always wear sensible shoes. Don’t do what I did ten years ago and wear stiletto boots on an icy day (what can I say, I was young and foolish!), it’s an accident waiting to happen. Get something that has a good grip and keeps your feet nice and toasty.
Get plenty of sleep
A lack of sleep can have a serious effect on your immune system, making you more vulnerable to catching colds. A good night’s sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. Aim to get as close to eight hours sleep a night as you can to keep yourself in tip-top condition.
It might be cold out there but try and get outside for a bit of exercise. Being active for 30 minutes every day can help you feel more energetic and keep you healthier.
So there we have it. I should heed some of my own advice because I’ve been unlucky enough to have several colds lately. Time to start looking after myself a bit more. Starting with those scarves I think!
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