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It’s never too early to start preparing for the Winter months. To help, we have created some handy information to help you plan for the colder, darker days.

Keeping your body warm

Our bodies react to cold by directing our blood supply to our vital organs and away from our extremities. To keep our hands and feet warm it is important to keep our whole body warm. Some top tips to do this are:

Wearing layers. Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer.

Wearing a hat. Most heat is lost through your head.

Keep active. Moving helps generate heat to keep your body warm and stimulates blood flow.

Put your feet up. Hot air rises so keep your feet on a stool, above floor level when sitting.

Wear waterproof shoes. Keep your socks and feet dry.

If you are worried about keeping warm this Winter, please visit our Warm Homes page for information about how we can help.

Keeping your spirits up

It’s not unusual to feel a bit blue in the winter months. When the weather is miserable and the evenings are darker it can be harder to get out and do the things that you enjoy. It’s important to:

Keep moving. Be active, even a little bit is proven to give you a boost so why not try some dancing – even it bit of leg movement to music on the TV!

Don’t ignore your feelings. If you’ve been feeling down for a while and it’s stopping you from doing the things that matter, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Share your feelings with a friend, family or your doctor.

Keep your mind active. Pick a good book, do a puzzle, try some writing or taking up a hobby are great ways to exercise the mind. If you like to knit, why not help us with our Big Knit Campaign? Or if you like drawing or painting or collage, join our Online Art Club

Tips to prepare for the Winter months

• Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Make sure you have everything you need during any bad weather; check you have enough medication, stock up on some food to keep in the cupboards and have a torch ready at home in case of any power cuts.

• Take extra care on slippery ground. 
Wear shoes with good grip and consider keeping salt and/or a mixture handy to grit paths.

• Keep emergency numbers nearby. 
Having the number of your energy supplier can be really handy if there is a power cut.

• Eat well.
It is important to keep well nourished. Losing weight is not an inevitable part of ageing and unintentional weight loss in later life is a serious issue. If you have noticed anything unusual, speak to a health professional as you may be malnourished. During winter aim for at least one hot meal every day, as well as hot drinks throughout. If you have a small appetite, try eating small meals and snacks six times a day instead.

To keep help your mind active and bring you a little festive fun this season we have created an activity pack filled with puzzles, crafts, recipes, festive facts and even some cracking Christmas jokes!