Look after yourself
To prevent longer-term health issues, it’s important to take care of yourself.
Eating a balanced diet and being more active can help improve your general health and reduce stress and anxiety. Take the ‘One You’ quiz for hints and tips on ways you can improve your overall health.
We should aim to be as active as possible. This doesn’t have to be daunting; activities like a short brisk walk, dancing, yoga or housework all count towards your goal. To help keep you active, here is some advice:
- Sit less and take breaks
- Add little chunks of movement to your day
- Try regular gentle stretches
- Get into a routine
Eat regular, balanced meals with lots of fruit and vegetables, choose healthy snacks and limit foods like chocolate and crisps.
The county’s meals provider can deliver nutritious meals at home to social care customers and older people.
As well as what you eat, also think about other things you do which can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing.
Quitting smoking can provide a range of health benefits for not only you but also people around you. Evidence suggests that smokers can also experience more severe COVID-19 symptoms, making now a great time to quit.
The Warwickshire website Quit4good is a good place to start, helping you put in place a support system that works for you along with advice about nicotine replacement.
Pregnant women and their families have access to a specialist team of experienced stop smoking in pregnancy advisors. This Quit4Baby team understand the challenges of going smoke-free and will provide a friendly, confidential service to help pregnant smokers, partners and their families stop smoking.
Drinking alcohol is harmful to your health and wellbeing. You are advised to drink no more than 14 units a week and to have several alcohol-free days each week.
It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body. Good mental health gives a sense of purpose and direction, provides the energy to do the things we want to do, and the ability to deal with the challenges that happen in our lives.
To improve your mental health and wellbeing, and your overall feeling of happiness, try the five ways to wellbeing:
- Be active
- Keep learning
- Take notice
If you are struggling with complicated and negative thoughts and feelings, or if you are worried about a friend or family member, Dear Life is a new resource which provides a range of support and signposting to vital services. It’s a good place to start if you don’t know where else to turn for help.
Children and young people can seek support from Rise, a family of NHS-led services providing emotional wellbeing and mental health services for under 18s in Coventry and Warwickshire.
If you are worried about a child’s mental wellbeing visit the Rise website or call 024 7664 1799 between 8am and 8pm or 0300 200 0011 overnight to speak to a qualified mental health professional.
ChatHealth is a secure, anonymous text messaging service that allows young people between the ages of 11 – 19 to easily get in touch with a healthcare professional. Text 07507 331525 for advice if you’re struggling.
People with children of pre-school age can contact a health visitor by text to 07520 615293.
Flu is very infectious and can become a serious illness to some. The risk may be higher to particular groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To protect Warwickshire communities, this year’s flu vaccine is being offered to a wider group of people, including:
- people aged 65 or over
- pregnant women
- all adults and children (from the age of 6 months) with chronic conditions such as COPD and diabetes, and others that affect a range of body systems
- children aged 2 to end of primary school
- carers and those working in health and social care
- people clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and anyone they live with
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, your GP will get in touch with you to arrange your appointment.
If you provide regular help for someone who could not cope without you, the Carers Wellbeing Service can offer you support.
Warwickshire Young Carers work with young people who routinely look after their family members.
These services are providing extra help to known carers through the COVID-19 pandemic including regular welfare calls and emotional and practical support.
Many people in a caring role are not accessing this valuable support so spread the word amongst friends and family members who could benefit from these services.
Dementia Connect Warwickshire offers practical and emotional support, a listening ear, suggestions on coping through these difficult times and advice about other services. The service connects you with free support and advice available by phone and online.
- Alzheimer’s Society – Dementia Connect
- Find general advice and support about living well with dementia
Remember it is important to contact your GP if you are concerned about your health and attend any medical appointments, such as screenings, you may be called to. Medical centres have measures in place to protect patients and staff. If you have any questions about the process or treatments, please contact your GP practice or hospital.
Get support if you are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19
Help is available to:
- Get access to priority supermarket deliveries
- Find out about wider support, such as emotional and financial wellbeing
Adult Community Learning
Warwickshire’s Adult Community Learning service offers a series of free courses that will help you relax, refresh your current knowledge of a subject and learn new skills. All the free courses are available now.
Schools are currently open to all year groups but to avoid disruption to education it is important that we act quickly if any positive cases of COVID-19 are identified at a school.
If a child or teacher tests positive, those in their bubble of close contacts must leave school straight away and self-isolate in accordance with national government guidelines. Your child’s school will notify you and you must collect them immediately from school.
We can all play a part in keeping schools open.
If you take your child/children to school:
- Don’t stay any longer than you need to at the school gates
- Stay at least 2m from other parents
- Wear a face covering – unless you are exempt
If your child or children use public transport:
- Make sure they have a face covering if they are aged over 11
- Use hand sanitiser before and after getting on the bus
- Stress how important it is that they remain quiet and try to sit in the in the same seat each journey
If you can walk or cycle to school, please do so.