100 Ways to Stay Warm
1. Give someone a hug; better yet, form a group hug. Body heat works wonders! (the 'warm fuzzies' don't hurt either)
2. Electric blanket anyone?
3. Gather around the fireplace. Don't have one? Make a bonfire outside; roast some marshmellows and tell ghost stories.
4. Dare I say that you should hop into your Snuggie? (just don't wear it out in public) I promise I won't tell a soul. ;)
5. It's time to consume some hearty meals: chili, soup, oatmeal, casseroles, baked potatoes, or anything else that provides comfort and warmth to the soul.
6. Hot drinks are quite delightful as well: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider will heat you from within.
7. Layers, layers, and more layers: mittens, scarves, long johns, cardigans, sweaters, vests, jackets, ear muffs, face masks, hats etc. You can also wear tights for an extra hidden thin layer.
8. Travel somewhere with a warmer climate like Florida or Hawaii. Can't afford it? Look at pictures from tropical places and mentally picture feeling warm; that's much better!
9. Bake, bake, and bake some more! Not only will you warm your kitchen and yourself, your house will also smell wonderful and feel more homey. (May I suggest homemade bread, cookies, or muffins?)
10. Get moving! Do some crunches, dance to some music, or just run around the house like a crazy person.
11. If you have a cuddly pet, such as a dog, ferret, or cat, give it some hugs and enjoy the furriness.
12. Purchase a small space heater. Put your toes up to it and smile. :)
13. Stay indoors as much as possible (great for a weekend or the holidays). Order take-in, do some online shopping, and play board games or host a movie marathon with your friends and family.
14. Build a pillow/blanket fort! Relive your childhood by piling pillows up high around you and draping blankets over chairs. You'll be surprised how warm you'll get under mountains of softness.
15. Think warm thoughts. Click this link to enjoy a fake fireplace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsD1zoI7NYo or close your eyes, picture an island paradise, and feel imaginary sand beneath your toes.
16. Spend countless hours on the computer? Invest in some accessories that actually produce warmth: heated mouse, mouse pad, keyboard pad, and others. Find them here: http://www.heatedmouse.com/
17. Get some hand and feet warmers. Tuck them in your gloves and boots.
18. Do you have wood or non-carpeted floors? Put down some throw rugs to gather warmth.
19. Wear clothes straight from the dryer. Aaaah..there's nothing quite like that feeling!
20. Nothing beats an old-fashioned water bottle in your bed.
21. A freshly ironed shirt or pants can also do the trick. Look nice and feel wonderful.
22. Wake up extra early to enjoy a lengthy hot shower. What a way to start the day!
23. Another morning trick is to blow dry your hair. Also, blow warm air on your face for a pleasant effect.
24. Change your bedding: use flannel sheets and thick comforters or quilts to layer on the warmth.
25. Wear thick, cozy pajamas, but more importantly, wear a hat and socks to bed. They cover places where heat escapes from the body the most.
26. Run a hot pan over your sheets to create a heat-sourced bed.
27. Open the curtains and blinds during part of the day to let the sunshine in.
28. Block drafts with a rolled up towel or a draft stopper.
29. Reverse your fan. Heat rises, so reversing it will push the warm air back down.
30. Sometimes you can trick your eyes with certain colors: choose 'warm' colors, such as golden yellow and fiery red.
31. Light candles around the house. It might not provide much heat, but it will help you to see the flickering flames. Gaze into them and imagine warmth surrounding you.
32. Use a humidifier: humid air feels warmer.
33. Visit somewhere that is well-heated; this might be a store, a friend's house, or the library.
34. Add some insulation to your attic or crawl space.
35. Close off any room you're not using. The door acts as another barrier from the outside air. Also, it stops air from circulating as much which decreases heat loss.
36. Visit a sauna.
37. Sleep in a sleeping bag underneath your regular covers. It will keep your own body heat closer to you.
38. Place tin foil on the back of a radiator; it causes heat to bounce back into the room.
39. Close the curtains in the evenings. Hanging curtains over some doors can help block cold air as well.
40. There are stuffed animals with removable heat packets. Just pop them in the microwave for warmth and then cuddle away. :) Try warm buddies: http://www.warmbuddy.com/warmbuddy_plush.html
41. Blast The Beach Boys and other summer music. It helps you drift away to hotter days.
42. You can buy a pajama warming pouch that is specifically designed to make your nights more pleasant in the winter months: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20110929/pajamas-warming-pouch-2/
43. Also, footed pajamas might not be stylish for public use, but are great in keeping your body warm.
44. Purchase some heated socks. Just warm in the microwave and you're all set; your feet will thank you!
45. Not only are there electric blankets, try some heated body pillows as well.
46. Rearrange your furniture to avoid unstoppable drafts.
47. Change the furnace and air filters so they won't have to work harder to heat your home.
48. Hang out in small rooms without windows and rooms located in the interior of the house.
49. Also, you can choose only one room (or a only a few rooms) to heat. Purchase magnetic register covers at home improvement stores. These can block forced air furnace registers in rooms you aren't using. Then when the heat clicks on, only the register in the room you are using will allow heat to come through.
50. Keep warm while traveling in your car. When parking, station your vehicle away from the elements; utilize parking garages when possible. Cover it with a fitted cover to help the engine stay warm. Install an engine block heater that can be plugged in an outlet or use a thick blanket under the hood of the car. Of course, having someone warm the car up for you before you head out works wonders as well.
51. Keep your dog warm by putting jackets, sweaters, and booties on him or her. It's best to keep them inside, but if they must stay outside, make sure their house is sloped, insulated, and hopefully even heated.
52. Putting recycled bubble wrap over windows add another layer. It might look tacky, but you can always cover them with curtains. Consider which windows you don't mind being covered and then keep a few uncovered during the day for light and warmth from the sun.
53. Microwave small potatoes and stick them in pockets for hand and body warmth.
54. Cover an archway with a thermal curtain to keep heat within.
55. Use an electric heating pad if you don't want to use heated blankets or garments.
56. Lost power or very desperate? Use blankets and some scrap wood to build a room within your room. Use an oil lamp inside this until you can get better resources.
57. Let your pets sleep on your bed for some cuddly warmth.
58. Fill a sock up with some rice and heat in the microwave or on the stove. This can be used more than once and you can easily sleep with it.
59. When cooking, make your food more spicy with ginger and chilis.
60. Unexpected drinks before bed can be heated pineapple juice or warm milk.
61. Leave the bathroom door open during or after a hot bath or shower to create humidity within your house.
62. Another way to make the air more humid is to soak small towels, wring them out, and place on hot-water radiators. While they dry, the air is humidified.
63. Instead of a standard or classic hot water bottle, buy a stainless steel one with a hard plastic cap. After filling with water, put it inside a long sock; it will never leak.
64. If all the layers of blankets in bed aren't helping, you might want to try placing layers beneath you instead of only on top of you. Metal springs, from many mattresses, are thermal conductors and therefore will take the heat away from you.
65. Consider buying a wood burning stove.
66. Some red wine can help give you warmth on a chilly day.
67. Wash dishes by hand in hot water. Not only will this warm you, but you can leave it sitting later to create more humidity.
68. A pellet stove is similar to a wood stove, but it can regulate its own temperature by using a remote control (and of course uses pellets instead of wood).
69. If you are choosing a room at a hotel or choosing an apartment to live in, remember that heat rises. The higher you go, the warmer you will be. Let the lower levels heat your room or apartment for you.
70. You can fill an empty 1 liter soda bottle to use as a regular hot water bottle.
71. Seal unused windows with plastic during winter months.
72. Use a portable hydronic heater to warm small areas.
73. Caulk windows and doors to stop drafts.
74. Don't forget to close vents in unused rooms.
75. Taking public transportation? Carry a large bag or backpack to load a blanket or extra jacket that you won't use once inside.
76. Put storm windows on to add another physical protection from the cold air.
77. Take a trip to some hot springs.
78. Wrap your pipes with fiberglass insulation or foam rubber sleeves (look for them at home improvement stores).
79. Check for damaged shingles. Repair them to avoid snow or air leaks.
80. Make sure to flush your hot water heater (should be done once a year).
81. Use a programmable thermostat to save money. You can keep warm while you're at home and then have it set to be cooler when you're away.
82. Use your gym membership. Work up a sweat and gain some heat while keeping yourself healthy.
83. Buy a dehumidifier. It heats the moisture-filled air for a difference of 2 to 5 degrees.
84. When dressing in layers, remember that wool, cotton, and synthetics will keep you warmer than cotton, silk, or other materials. Also, it's better to dress in many thin layers than just a few thick ones.
85. Make sure there is enough fat in your diet. This helps your thyroid and metabolism to work properly which both affect your body's ability to stay warm.
86. After taking a hot shower or bath, use lotion or oil on your body (it's like adding another thin layer of clothing).
87. If you are still cold in bed after using layers of covers, create a make-shift tent out of more blankets. The air from your breathing will help warm you up. Also, beds with canopys work great for this as well.
88. Use all the lights in an area when possible. Incandescent and halogen light bulbs both create light through heat.
89. Use dark clothing, blankets, and curtains. Black and other dark colors absorb heat.
90. Buckwheat groats are a type of microbiotic. They will heat you up when eaten.
91. If you can afford it, keep appliances turned on if they produce heat, such as computers and strong lamps.
92. Have a house party and invite lots of people. Enjoy your crowded source for body heat. (or go to a concert in a crowded arena)
93. Just thinking about a high heat bill will have you enduring a few lower degrees of chilliness.
94. Cover furniture with polar fleece; it is comfy and very warm.
95. Open the dishwasher once the washing cycle is finished. Let the dishes air dry so the heat can escape, help humidify the house, and eventually help save some money on electricity.
96. Men can grow beards and women can avoid shaving their legs for awhile. (you'll be covered for most of the winter anyway)
97. For an unusual winter accessory, cut the feet from worn out socks and put the cuffs around her wrists. You can wear extra long sleeved shirts to cover them. These add extra warmth and block out the cold air to your arms.
98. Heat bricks in the bottom of your oven and then wrap them in towels. Put them at the foot of the bed to keep you warm all night long.
99. Purchase solar window shades to help heat your rooms during the day.
100. If you just can't get warm, remember that shivering in the cold does help you burn a few calories. (Also, smiling and laughter always help to warm the heart.) :)
Suggestions (readers and friends):
Brandon Bevan: "You can wrap yourself up like a burrito in a heavy blanket. Also, the tuck."
Kelly Sue Almasy: "Holding my puppy! :-)"
Omie Leann Santos: "Drinking hot chocolate!"