If you have long-term respiratory conditions like COPD or asthma, winter can worsen your symptoms. To manage these effectively, be ‘weather-wise’:
- Understand the importance of winter care
- Gather information on managing your condition
- Make lifestyle changes to prevent symptom aggravation
If symptoms worsen, seek medical assistance early for quicker recovery.
How can I keep well in winter?
Recommended room temperatures are 21 degrees during the day and 18 degrees for your bedroom. Here are some tips:
- Wear warm nightclothes as body temperature drops during sleep.
- Close windows at night to reduce the risk of lung infections.
Concerned about heating costs? Learn more about help with heating costs.
Clothing and Food
- Layer your clothing to trap heat.
- Keep blankets handy indoors.
- Consume hot drinks and meals throughout the day.
Before venturing out, consider:
- Dressing adequately
- Checking the weather forecast
- Carrying rescue medication
Physical activity is essential for both warmth and well-being. Learn about local activities or find exercises you can do indoors.
Winter can significantly affect your mental health through Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), reduced Vitamin D levels, and increased isolation. To cope, consider light therapy for SAD and Vitamin D supplements after consulting a healthcare provider.
Try and stay socially connected and maintain a regular exercise routine, even if it’s indoors. Keeping a balanced diet and stable sleep schedule can also help regulate mood and energy levels. If symptoms persist, seek professional advice.
More advice on managing your mental wellbeing during winter
Protect yourself through:
- Winter vaccinations
- Pneumonia vaccines
- Avoiding people with respiratory infections
Know the signs of a flare-up and follow your medical action plan. If symptoms worsen dramatically, call 999.
Smoking is a significant risk factor that adversely affects your respiratory health, especially during the winter months when conditions like asthma and bronchitis can worsen. If you’re looking to quit smoking, our local lifestyle services offer a comprehensive support system, including counseling and treatment options, to help you take that crucial step towards better lung health. Reach out to us for personalised guidance and resources on quitting.
Financial Support for Home Oxygen Users
If you rely on an oxygen concentrator at your residence, you’re eligible for a rebate on the electrical consumption associated with its use. Your concentrator supplier can directly deposit these funds into your bank account. For more information, you can reach out to the following:
- Contact the BOC Home Oxygen Service Patient Service Centre for electricity rebates at their toll-free number 0800 136 603.
- Speak with the Air Liquide Healthcare rebate team for electricity refunds by dialing the toll-free number 0800 781 9939.
You are also entitled to join the priority services register with your energy supplier which includes:
- Priority support in an emergency
- Being informed of planned power cuts