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Looking after yourself this festive season


Look after yourself this festive season by following the simple advice below,

  • If you haven’t already done so, have a free NHS flu vaccination & covid booster if you are eligible.
  • Check your regular medication and get repeat prescriptions in plenty of time before the holidays.
  • Make sure your first aid kit is well-stocked and that you have cold, flu and upset stomach remedies at home. Your local pharmacist can help.
  • If you do feel unwell, get help early before your condition worsens. You can seek advice from your local pharmacist, or contact NHS 111 by phone or online at any time of day or night. They will give you medical advice and care from relevant healthcare professionals – including nurses, emergency dentists, or GPs, depending on the situation.
  • For children’s health advice you can also download the HANDi App, available for Android phones on Google Play or on the App store for iPhone and iPad.
  • Look out for your friends, neighbours, loved ones and those who are most vulnerable and at risk from flu and COVID-19. Phone them to see how they are and offer to collect shopping or prescriptions if needed.
  • Keep your home warm and get your boiler serviced regularly. See the Public Health England leaflet ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ for advice.
  • Keep active and exercise regularly. We often tend to over-indulge over the festive season, so try to get out for a 20 minute walk every day, do some exercise at home, or even some chair-based exercises if you are less mobile. Take a look at the suggestions on Get Fit for Free.
  • Have a list of emergency phone numbers handy by your phone.

There is a direct link between our physical and mental health. We know that this year has had a significant impact on people’s physical and mental wellbeing, and people may continue to feel the impact of this throughout the festive season. How we feel can change from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. It is important to get help for our mental health – just like we would for our physical health:

  • The Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you remember and learn how to look after your wellbeing.
  • The Every Mind Matters website has lots of simple steps you can follow to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • The Lincolnshire Mental Health Helpline Telephone: 0800 001 4331. If you’re feeling low, anxious or stressed and you think that talking to another person may help you cope you can call the new mental health helpline in Lincolnshire which is open 24/7.
  • If you’re elderly and on your own this Christmas you can also contact The silverline.org or phone 0800 4 70 80 90; a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people.