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Staying healthy and well this Winter

08/01/2021

The winter months bring many health and care challenges from Covid-19 to the flu, from loneliness to family stresses and strains.

This time of year can take an increasing toll on people’s health, with Covid-19 still very much in the news, winter illnesses such as the flu, financial pressures, isolation and other issues all putting pressure onto our mental health. We have compiled support and information resources to help everyone in Bracknell Forest stay safe and well this winter.

Dealing with Covid-19

This winter is particularly challenging for the health services with the ongoing issue of Covid-19 putting pressure on services, alongside all the usual winter pressures that come every year. It is up to all of us to play our part in preventing the spread of Covid-19. For the latest national information and guidance check out the NHS and Government websites:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you or someone you know has caught Covid-19, there is a new NHS health website to support through the recovery time, offering advice and information: www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk

Advice for the clinically vulnerable:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/clinically-extremely-vulnerable-receive-updated-guidance-in-line-with-new-national-restrictions

Advice on visiting care homes

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus/update-on-policies-for-visiting-arrangements-in-care-homes

We have also developed a Mental Health Support Advice and Information page linking to help and support resources. 

Looking after your physical health this Winter

The cold weather and being stuck at home can play havoc with our physical health so it’s important to take steps to stay active and healthy this winter. Here are some national resources to help you stay physically healthy this winter:

For the latest news on the coronavirus vaccine roll out visit this site: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

As well as exercise, it’s important to be aware of any health issues that you might have. While there is much in the news about the pressures on the health service it is very important that you continue to get advice and help if you do have any health concerns.

We have developed advice and resources about continuing to access the NHS during the pandemic

Looking after your mental health this Winter

The pandemic has increased the mental health pressures on many people this year but there are many places to seek support and advice if you are worried about your own, or someone else’s mental health this winter. 

Coping with loneliness and isolation

The winter season can be particularly challenging for those living alone, but this year that is compounded by the pandemic, with many more people shielding due to being clinically vulnerable or simply too fearful to be with other people. Isolation and loneliness can have a real impact on mental health, as well as physical health, for those who are unable to leave home.

During the pandemic it is possible to set up a support bubble to help with the problems which isolation can bring: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household

There are also many resources, help and support available here

Staying safe and well over the Winter months

For many people, simply having enough food to eat, and staying warm due to the heating costs, pose big challenges at this time of year. If you or anyone you know is having issues around staying safe and well this Winter, then please do seek help.

You can find links to helpful resources on our staying safe and well page here. 

Coping with family pressures

With families under increasing pressure this year with job losses, money stresses and not being able to spend time with one another or being stuck at home together 24 hours a day, it can be a very stressful time of year. If pressures become too much and you or anyone you know are struggling with family problems, there is advice and guidance on our coping with family pressure page.

 

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Healthwatch Bracknell Forest
c/o Help and Care
896 Christchurch Road
Bournemouth
BH7 6DL
 

Email: info@healthwatchbracknellforest.co.uk 

Tel: 0300 0120184