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Support your wellbeing this winter

Winter Wellbeing

Winter is an incredibly tough time for the many people caring for their vulnerable friends and family members. As the seasons start to shift and winter approaches it’s important that we prepare our body, mind, and spirit now, to build our resilience and strengthen our immune system for the months to come.

Wellbeing Coach and Nutritional Therapist, Sue Judge shares steps that family and friend carers can take to help you and your loved ones stay well this winter.

Nourish your body

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Eight glasses of water throughout the day is ideal, herbal teas are a great way to get your water intake in over the colder months.

Eat well

Stop and enjoy a diverse range of fruits, veggies, protein and healthy fats. Taking time to relax whilst you eat aids digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

Improve gut health

Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi support good gut bacteria, which can help our immune system.

Exercise regularly

Whether it’s a walk or your favourite dance class, try to move your body at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes.

Prioritise yourself

Make time for yourself and try to reduce your stress levels. Meditation, yoga, or a breathing exercise before getting your 8 hours of sleep can help.

Protect against flu this winter

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter with the flu vaccination.

As the main carer for an older or disabled person, you are entitled to a free vaccination. Ask your pharmacist or GP for more information.

Relax your mind

Be mindful

Mindfulness can improve our overall wellbeing. There are various ways to learn through books, apps or you could join a session at The Carers’ Centre.

Let there be laughter

Laughter can help reduce stress and anxiety, so try to catch up with good friends often, or meet new people at events like our Carer Cafés.

Gain a new skill

As the evenings draw in, learn a new skill or take up a hobby. Check out our free wellbeing activities for ideas!

Boost your spirit

Finally, what brings you joy? Singing, swimming, being in nature? Whatever it may be, bring more of this into your life. Happiness and smiling can trigger chemical reactions in our body which aid our immune system and overall health.

I've added The Carers' Centre activities below to give you some ideas!

Need to talk? Call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 0388 885 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm)