Help yourself to better health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a wake-up call for many of us. It makes us realise how precious our health is and that it may be time to introduce healthy lifestyle changes.
Evidence shows that carrying extra weight can make it harder to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and coronavirus. Find more information and support to help you eat and drink well and reach a healthy weight.
Find out how being more active can improve your physical and mental health. Exercise can also help to boost your immune system.
Smoking damages your lungs, your heart and weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections. If you smoke, you are at greater risk of suffering worse symptoms or developing complications from coronavirus. Find out more about the support that's available to help you quit.
If you have a long term health condition it’s important that you continue to manage it to stay well.
If you’re not feeling okay
Coronavirus is having a huge impact on our daily lives. The uncertainty and change can take its toll on our mental wellbeing. Support is available in Stockport to help you, or someone you know who is feeling anxious, stressed, low or not okay.
Worrying about money can cause ongoing feelings of stress and make you feel worse. If you or anyone you know is struggling with finances, visit the council website for advice on:
- Council Tax
- Council Tax support
- Housing Benefits
- emergency financial support during coronavirus
If you're feeling lonely or socially isolated visit our loneliness and isolation pages.
Supporting your recovery from coronavirus
If you’ve had coronavirus you’ll want to get back to normal as quickly as possible, but it can take time.
Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website that helps you to:
- understand what's happened
- learn what you might expect as part of your recovery
- find out about things you can do yourself to help
The website also has information to help and reassure you if you're supporting a family member, relative or friend following their coronavirus illness.
Stockport Moving Together
LifeLeisure and Stockport Council have developed a physical activity programme for people who have had coronavirus and are currently trying to rebuild strength and stamina as part of their recovery. You'll receive an initial online or telephone consultation, a physical activity pack and a prescribed physical activity programme.
To be eligible for the programme you must:
- have had a positive coronavirus test and are currently looking at ways to gradually build up your strength and stamina
- have no underlying health conditions which require further investigations
- be a Stockport resident or have somebody who can pick up the pack from a Stockport location
- be 18 years and over
- be physically able to undertake some gentle exercise
To access the programme please complete the online referral form or ask your GP for a referral to the PARiS scheme.
For any questions please email email@example.com
Post coronavirus support group in Stockport
If you've had coronavirus and are still struggling with symptoms weeks and months later, you can join a weekly, online peer support group open to anyone in Stockport. The group is not run by medics but hopes to provide a platform where people can chat, share experiences, hear from guest speakers or just listen to what others have to say.
To find out more please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marie on 07800 618570.
Health at home
For advice on how to access NHS services online using a smartphone, tablet or computer visit the NHS website. You can find information on how to:
- contact your GP and video calls
- order repeat prescriptions
If you know someone who needs help to get online or you want to improve your online skills, Stockport Council’s DigiKnow programme may be able to help.
Find all the latest information and advice about coronavirus from the NHS below: