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Keep warm and keep well Posted on 27 Nov 2017

Keeping warm means your body temperature stays where it should be (36.5ºC - 37.2ºC) which in turn helps to protect against the effects of the cold outside. So it's important to keep your home warm and to wear warm clothes when you go outside.

Cold weather is a problem because when the temperature drops, some people are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, flu, pneumonia, falls and injuries and hypothermia. Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.

To help reduce the negative effects of cold weather, follow these tips on keeping well in the cold:

  • heat your home to at least 18ºC (or 65ºF) if you can. Sometimes illness can get worse quickly when it’s cold and you may already be under the weather with a cold or cough.

  • wear several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat

  • use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don't use both at the same time

  • have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly

  • stock up on food and medicines so you don’t have to go out when it’s icy. If you’re not sure what medicines might be best, ask your pharmacist, they’ll be able to help

  • try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors – get up and stretch your legs

  • stay active – even moderate exercise can help keep you warm

  • wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors – add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip, too. If you have a heart or respiratory problem, stay indoors during very cold weather

 For more information read these top tips for keeping warm and well

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