Some of us feel the cold more than others, and a cold house can make you feel miserable during the colder months. Here are some easy tricks to help you stay warm at home and out and about when temperatures are plunging.
- Make your heating is in good working order. Make sure to have it serviced regularly to keep it working efficiently and less likely to break down when you need it most. Bring in a professional to check it, like Www.plumheatcool.com.au/ducted-heating-service.
- Dress in layers to stay warm when you’re outside. Layers trap heat between them. Wear a hat, a scarf and gloves when you’re out to keep your extremities cosy. In the house, you could wear thick socks and cosy slippers to keep your feet from turning into ice blocks. Choose wool, fleece or cotton fabrics, as they’ll hold the warmth in better.
- Block drafts from getting into the house. Hang heavy curtains across windows or doors to outside to keep the cold out. Lay a draft excluder across doors, and consider covering the letter box to block out even more drafts.
- Eat warming foods like soup, stew or porridge. Enjoy hot drinks like tea, coffee or chocolate. Children could also have something like squash made with hot water.
- Keep moving. Your body will warm itself better when you’re active, so if you’re struggling, have a dance party in the living room. Moving around at least once an hour to keep your circulation moving and more effectively keeping you warm.
- Close your curtains in the early evening to keep the warm in over night.
- If you find being cold is stopping you from sleeping, wear layers of warm clothes in bed. Several thin layers are warmer than one thick one. Slipper socks will keep feet warm. If your bedroom is very cold, you could even wear thermal underwear as pajamas.
- Keep blankets next to beds and sofas so you can cover yourself up with an extra layer and get snug at anytime.
- Take a hot water bottle or a heated wheat bag to bed. Put the bottle or bag into your bed a few minutes before you want to get in to take the edge of cold off the sheets. If it’s very cold, treat yourself to an electric blanket. Check if it can be used overnight, or should just be used to warm the bed before you get in.
- When you’re outside, wrap a scarf loosely over your mouth. This warms air before you breathe it in, which can help prevent that painful chest feeling.
- Make your own draft excluder with a pool noodle. Cut a pool noodle in half, lengthwise, and wrap it in fabric. Wedge this under the doors to stop cold air coming in.
- Having the oven on generates a lot of heat. Why not use the excuse to do some baking? The oven will warm the kitchen, and you can invite friends round to enjoy delicious treats (and enjoy their body heat making the room warmer too).
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.