It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, and mind every day, not just when
you get sick. Learning how to eat well, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take time out when
you need it are effective ways to self-care and can help you de-stress, stay healthy, and be able to
manage in difficult times. Keeping healthy means you’re less likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus.
You are more likely to achieve your goals with support. Get personalised support in your area: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex. There is also lots of information and practical advice about keeping healthy on the NHS website.
It may be getting cold outside and winter feels like it’s finally here, but it needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.
There are lots of things people can do to prepare for winter and stay well during the colder months.
It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent a range of health problems from colds to more serious conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
Remember that other people, like older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter. There’s a lot you can do to help:
Your local pharmacy is the best first step if you or your family start to feel unwell this winter.
Your pharmacist can do so much more than complete your prescription. They can give you expert clinical advice for minor health concerns and help with many common illnesses like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains. And the best part is you don’t need to make an appointment.
Pharmacists are trained experts in managing minor illnesses and using medicines safely. They can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Most local pharmacies have consultation rooms for private conversations and your pharmacist can also talk to you confidentially without anything being noted in your medical records, which some people may prefer.
Repeat prescriptions should be available as usual. It is important to only request your medicines when they are running low (e.g. one weeks supply left) as you usually would.
If you are well and able to visit your pharmacy please follow social distancing guidelines. Opening times of pharmacies vary.
If you are self isolating or poorly, friends and family are able to collect prescriptions on your behalf.
Don’t forget as the festive season approaches make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in time for the holidays.