Health and Wellbeing

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

Taking care of your mental health

It’s easy to forget about but mental health is incredibly important. It’s often overlooked but can impact on all areas of our lives.

If you want to find out more about the services and support that are available to you, visit the Healthy Knowsley website. They list several places to go for guidance on caring for your mental health, including links to self referral services.

Tips on exercise

  • Knowsley have fabulous facilities both in terms of our leisure centres and also our green spaces. There are a wide range of opportunities including cycling to swimming, yoga, team sports, and green gyms.
  • Active daily living is about ‘the things we normally do’, but just trying to do a bit more than you do now; it doesn’t mean you have to join a gym, it just means move more and more often.
  • Approximately 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, prompting WHO to issue a warning that a sedentary lifestyle could very well be among the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world.

Tips on stopping smoking

  • Half of all long-term smokers die from a smoking-related disease. Smoking causes around 90% of lung cancers and is also linked to cancer in other parts of the body, heart disease, lung disease and other serious conditions.
  • Knowsley Stop Smoking Service knows everyone is different and so offers a wide range of local FREE services to suit your lifestyle.
  • Stopping smoking is the single most beneficial thing you can do to improve your health. You can expect a longer life, increased energy levels, lower stress, improved fertility, heightened senses of taste and smell, better sex, better oral health and younger healthier looking skin!

Recommended alcohol intake

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis

  • Spread your drinking over 3 or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
  • If you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

Fourteen units is equivalent to 6 pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.

Staying well this winter

Cold weather can put some people at increased risk of falling ill. Following advice from the NHS will help you stay well this winter:

Layer up:
Wearing lots of thin layers will keep you warmer than one thick layer.

Stay warm at night:
Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket, but never use them together.

Eat well:
Having at least one hot meal a day and regular hot drinks will help you keep warm.

Keep active:
If possible, get out and about. If the weather is bad or you aren’t very mobile, ensure you don’t stay sitting down for more than an hour at a time or try chair exercises.

Heat your home:
If you’re over 65, aren’t very mobile, have a health condition, or live with very young children, keep the temperature of your home at 18 degrees. If you’re on Universal Credit, you could get help with heating costs.

Be prepared:
Make sure your cupboards are filled up with essentials and that you’ve got a stock of any medicine you may need.

Ask about the flu vaccine:
Check to see if you can get the flu vaccine for free on the NHS.

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