Winter is officially here. The temperatures are going to slowly drop and the Met Office are predicting that it will be colder than it has been in recent years. Here is what you should do to stay warm and healthy.

You either embrace the cold and hope there is enough snow to have a snowball fight with your mates, or you just want to crawl under a duvet. But there is no avoiding the weather and keeping healthy, not least because you want to enjoy the Christmas festivities, can be tough. The NHS has the following advice.

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer).
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
  • If you have reduced mobility or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. It’s a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can and make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. During the day, you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
  • If you’re generally healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable.

It isn’t too late to get the flu jab especially if you have existing health problems. It is worth getting advice from your GP or have a look at the NHS website which gives you all the information you need to keep well and enjoy the holiday season.