Are you ready for winter?
Winter is now well and truly on the way and it’s important that you, your family and friends are prepared to brave the cold snap.
The cold weather can affect your health and wellbeing. This is more likely if you are over 65, under 5, pregnant, have a long-term health condition or disability. However, there are lots of small steps you can take now to stay safe and well this winter.
The NHS website has lots of information, advice and guidance – from keeping your home warm, to protecting your health in the cold and checking in regularly on elderly relatives and neighbours.
The winter season can also affect how we feel mentally. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression aligned to seasonal patterns. Symptoms can include persistently low mood, irritability and feelings of despair.
If this sounds like something you, or someone you know, may be experiencing, there is lots of support available locally. Find out more on the Livewell campaign website.