Jump into January with new challenges, new solutions this New Year!

The start of a New Year can bring lots of new challenges, but it can be overwhelming.

Throughout January, Warwickshire County Council will be sharing a variety of useful tips to help everyone in Warwickshire ‘Jump into January’ and start 2020 well.

January can be a gloomy time for many so keep an eye out for our tips on physical health, mental health and family health this month so that you and your loved ones can tackle the New Year blues.

Avoid a hospital stay and keep well by making sure your home is kept warm, at least 18 degrees, your repeat prescriptions are filled in plenty of time and by finishing your course of antibiotics if you’ve been prescribed them by your GP. You can get more advice on how to stay at home this Winter at www.nhs.uk/staywell.

Take simple steps to look after your mental health this year. Every Mind Matters can give you tips to be better prepared for 2020’s ups and downs. To create your personalised mind plan, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.

And if you’re getting through January feeling distressed, frightened or overwhelmed and you don’t know where to turn for support, visit a Warwickshire Safe Haven. No appointment or referral is needed to visit a Safe Haven and you can speak to a mental health professional over the phone or in person. For more information, visit https://www.mhm.org.uk/warwickshire-safe-havens.

After the festive period, lots of us want to get healthier, feel like we’ve drank a bit too much or too often, or just feel like we could do with some time off. Now could be a good time to go ‘dry’ for January. Did you know that people who complete Dry January are more likely to still be drinking less 6 months later? For more information, visit https://alcoholchange.org.uk/.

Many people use the New Year as a chance for a fresh start. If you’re looking to reduce or quit smoking this year, there is plenty of support available across Warwickshire. To find out more visit https://quit4good.warwickshire.gov.uk/.

For people who meet certain health criteria, Fitter Futures Warwickshire supports people of all ages to improve to make healthy lifestyle changes. Find out more about Fitter Futures by visiting www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fitterfutures.

HENRY is also available for families who meet certain criteria. The programme supports the whole family to make positive lifestyle changes and includes providing advice on improved nutrition, emotional well being, parenting skills, breastfeeding and getting more active. For more information visit https://www.henry.org.uk/ or speak to your Health Visitor.

The New Year can be a tough time for carers. If you need time to attend appointments or a significant event, then register with CRESS (the Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service) who will be able to provide respite care to your loved one while you are away. Please call 02476 258816 for more information.

And finally, if you want to make a difference to health and social care services in 2020, then why not have a say about the services near you. Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/JSNA to find out more.