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Nine Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

Updated on January 18, 2019
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Kristen Howe knows how to stay warm every winter with free and inexpensive ways to beat the cold.

Bundle Up

Winter is around the corner. Temperatures can be so brutal in the teens and single digits, the wind chill will make it ten times worse. And if you're snowed in from a winter storm this winter season, there are nine ways you can stay warm inside of your home to thaw out and defrost from the cold. They're free to inexpensive to keep you and your loved ones warm. From doing home practice from yoga, to cooking up delicious foods in a Crockpot, or layering your clothes with mittens and scarves, are some of the ways you can stay warm all season long.

For the past four winter seasons, when it was too cold for me to walk to my local gym, I did home practice at home with an app and warmed up for at least twenty minutes a day. I've also made a variety of dump meals to easy dinners by making pastas, soups, desserts, chicken and turkey dinners, and a whole lot more in my Crockpot for the past three years. Sometimes I've made enough to have leftovers for a night or two. You can find a variety of Crockpot meals online and do prep early by freezing the ingredients a head of time. And when you're ready to make dinner, just toss them into the Crockpot and let it cook for a couple of hours.

To protect myself from the winter chill, if I have to go outside to get the mail, take out the trash and recycling, or do errands, I'll wear a winter coat with a hood or a hat, a scarves, mittens, and warm socks on my feet. If you layer yourself, you'll be extra warm to beat the cold.

Ashtanga Yoga Keeps You Warm

If you're a fellow yogi, you can warm up by following Ashtanga yoga. For fellow yogis, you can warm up by trying Ashtanga yoga this winter season. To make it work, you use a special breathing technique and connect with a series of poses that flow together back to back. Afterward, you've created internal body heat that will make you feel stronger, warmer, and flexible with new energy, even after you attend a cold yoga class or session..

Slow-Cook Your Meals With a Crockpot

If you have a Crockpot with you, you can switch it on for slow-cooking your food. With a catch-all slow cooker, this will help get you all caught up with a variety of vitamin-rich veggies. To create your own healthy and hearty stews, throw in some cuts of turkey, pork or chicken for your lean protein, and combine them with your potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin or squash. The sky's the limit with a variety of meals you can find online.

Crockpots are Perfect for Making Hot Apple Cider

Your Crockpot can be handy for making hot apple cider too. We all crave for hot drinks like apple cider, hot cocoa, and steaming cups of coffee or tea for those cold winter days and nights. If you're a coffee drinker, have no fear. According to a recent study, it has proven that a cup of coffee won't kill you. For those who want high antioxidant drinks, you can try having a mug of black or green tea, cocoa, or a glass of red wine. For fellow marshmallow lovers, use your marshmallows in moderation for your hot cocoa.

Saunas Can Help Clear Your Pores

Get Steamed With a Sauna or Bath

Hot cocoa could also benefit your skin too. For many years, tons of people have enjoyed steam baths, saunas, hot soaks, and hot cocoa with or without an extra flavor. Any of these drinks can warm and relax you.

If you choose to do a steamy escape, just be cautious with the steam itself. Extreme heat can lead to having a heat stroke or dehydration, while the steam will relax you and also relieve your hurting muscles. If you do feel ill or faint, take a break. Try infusing a brief leisure bath with lavender essential oil for another calm and warm option this winter. If you have certain medical conditions, stay away from the steam, or see your doctor.

Bundle Up in Layers

Layer Up Your Clothing

Besides scarves to shield our necks from the cold and hats that helps us from losing 30% of body heat from our heads, consider trying a body warmer. Based on the haramaki, it's an 16th-century Samurai protective wrap. Our modern-day version can be worn under other layers of clothing and wrapped around our midsection. If you have shirts that might cause a drought in the midsection and is also too short, it would provide coverage for the entire area.

Other ideal layers of clothing for winter are leg warmers, balaclavas, faux turtleneck warmers, and earmuffs. If you have to go outside, layer up your clothing.


Wear Woolly Socks to Bed

If you wear a pair of woolly socks and warm flannel pajamas on a long, cold winter night, and are also awakened by a fitful sleep, you can improve the quality of sleep by warming your skin. By increasing your skin temperature by only 0.4 degrees Celsius with socks on your feet, you might experience a deeper, satisfying sleep with fewer wake-ups.

Apply Heat to Sore Spots

To comfort your stressed nerves and to sooth tight muscles, apply some heat. Around tired feet or stiff wrists, drape a heating pad. To create a flexible heating pad, try stuffing a clean sock with uncooked rice and pop it into the microwave to wrap around your aching neck and shoulders. If you have an old fashioned water bottle, that would help ease a headache and also raise your skin temperature. Warm body rubs made from eucalyptus, mint, ginger or cinnamon could create heat too.

Huddle With Your Pet

Huddle up With Others

You can huddle up with friends instead of being alone this winter. If you summon up happy memories, you'll feel warmer than the cold weather outside. If you have pets, that would work too, including getting close to a warm furry body. Loneliness will make you feel cold inside.

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Get Close to Others

The concept of snuggling up to someone when you're cold was a good instinct from the animal kingdom and good physics too. Warmth will be transferable from a warm body to a cold body. A snuggle can be innocent or intimate too.

When you're making love, that will also generate some body heat. And this might sound weird too. You could also make things steamier, If you keep your socks on at night. According to a Dutch study, researchers have found couples who had cozy toes to reach orgasms than those who were bare foot. Now you have a much better reason to wear socks to bed.

Beat the Cold

This winter season, you can help beat the cold in a variety of ways. All of them is real simple and inexpensive to do to stay warm and keep the cold draft a bay. Feel free to one of them, some of them, or all nine ways from performing Ashtanga yoga, layering clothes, wear socks to bed, and even having a hot drink every day can make you feel warm all over everyday.

I've snuggled up with my cat, especially at night, when he curls on my lap, whether I'm sleeping to the right side or sleep on the back. He loves to give me some warmth and some loving too. I warm up in layers, even if i have to go outside briefly, and back to the comforts of my heated apartment. Some of these ways have worked for me and it can work for you too. Snuggle up and stay warm this winter!

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