Looking after yourself this winter

Stockport Council is keen to ensure that all residents are looked after this winter.

Looking after yourself this winter

As well as providing cost of living support, the council is offering support through its Warm & Well webpages and sharing health advice to help everyone in Stockport to look after themselves, and each other, as we head towards Christmas.

There are lots of easy tips you can follow to ensure that you and your loved ones stay healthy. These include:

  • Making sure your medicine cabinet and first aid box is well-stocked. This can help to treat minor injuries and illnesses at home, without the need to see a GP or visit A&E.

  • Always think 111 first. Calling 111 is free, and the team can help to triage your problem and recommend the best course of action, whether that’s treatment at home, a visit to the doctors or a trip to A&E.

  • Ask your pharmacist if you have any health queries. Your pharmacist can advise for a whole range of issues, from minor illnesses like coughs and colds to general advice on staying well. Read more on this here.

  • Getting regular exercise is a great way to build up your body’s immunity against minor illnesses this winter. Even if it’s just a walk around the block with a friend, getting moving is fantastic for your body and mind.

  • Eating regular hot meals will allow your body to stay warm as the weather gets colder. Try to get at least one hot meal per day. If you’re struggling with food, visit the council website for help.

  • Access local mental health support if you need it. Winter can be a tough time for many, but there is no need to struggle alone. Visit the Healthy Stockport website for help with stress, anxiety and low mood, including access to local support helplines.

  • Warm spaces are available across the borough, for anyone to come and get warm, enjoy a hot drink and potentially some face-to-face advice on any health queries. Find out more and discover a warm space near you by checking the council website.

Councillor Keith Holloway, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, commented: “Ensuring our residents stay healthy this winter is a key concern for the council. Keeping yourself and your loved ones protected by looking out for each other and following these simple tips will ensure that the winter is an enjoyable time for everyone in the borough. There is plenty of health support and advice available, so please don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.” For more information on keeping well this winter, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/keep-warm-keep-well/.