How do you keep well in the winter?

During the colder months you’ll find there may be a virus going around making you feel unwell or that the lack of sunlight is influencing your moods. Looking after your wellbeing and health during the winter season is important, as is staying warm and checking in on vulnerable neighbours. Winter is a time to be kind to yourself, your body and those around, to ensure that everyone can keep well.

This may mean taking a vitamin D supplement to support healthy bones or using a SAD lamp to imitate natural sunlight. You could also switch up your exercise routine to include yoga or other activities you can do in your home. Making sure you’re getting your 5 a day can also support your health during the winter season too.

How can we keep our family healthy in winter?

We’ve got everything you need to care for the whole family this winter - from cough, cold and flu medicines to hot water bottles and flu vaccinations, we help keep babies, children and adults healthy throughout the winter months with our top tips, medicines and services. You can also support the family with mindful and healthy habits including plenty of sleep, healthy eating and staying hydrated.

Make time for selfcare by pampering dry skin or having a bath, allowing time for relaxation can help to lower stress and promote wellbeing. When venturing out and about in the winter you’ll also want to keep wrapped up warm, but don’t forget to keep your home at the ideal room temperature of 18C as well*.

Get a flu jab once a year

Protect yourself with a flu vaccination, it’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid catching the flu. Available in your local pharmacy, you could even be eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine this year.

Have your pneumonia vaccination

Did you know that we now offer pneumonia vaccinations in our pharmacies? Offering long-lasting protection from the pneumococcal infection that causes pneumonia, the vaccine can help to keep you and your family well. It’s available at any time of the year and could be given at the same time as your flu jab.

How can I boost my immune system in the winter?

This winter season you might be asking yourself, why do I keep getting ill and how can I support my immune system? Eating a healthy balanced diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables can help to support your body and health in general.

Making sure you’re getting enough sleep, regularly exercising and regularly washing your hands can help too. If you want to give your immunity an extra boost, we have some of the best vitamins for your immune system, we can find the right supplements for you.

Cold and sore throat remedies

When you’re experiencing a cold, chesty cough or the tell-tale signs of a sore throat, you’ll want treatment options and, remedies and cold medicine fast. Soothing painful signs of the common cold including fever, coughs and runny noses is a top priority, so let us help with over the counter cough, cold and flu treatments. We also have home remedies and advice so make sure you get plenty of rest.

Don’t forget the kids this cough and cold season, when the little ones start to snuffle it could be the common cold. Make sure you have cold medicine for kids to help them feel better in no time. Discover how to get rid of a cold with our advice and support, so the whole family can stay well throughout the winter months.