10 Ways to Keep Warm This Winter
It’s that time of year when you can’t wait for the cold weather to pass. As you’re shoveling snow or sitting in your house avoiding the cold weather outside, you think to yourself that summer can’t come fast enough. Even indoors, you may be feeling a bit too cold. Here are a few simple ideas to help you to stay warm while you wait for summer weather to return.
Dress in Layers
Rather than relying on one heavy winter coat or sweater, it is more effective to dress in several thinner layers to trap body heat between each later. Wear several layers of clothing including insulated thermals, layered long and short sleeve shirts, sweaters or light jackets, and a heavy winter coat when you have to be outside. In addition to trapping in heat, layering also gives you the flexibility to remove some layers if your office, school, or other location has the heat turned up more than you expected.
Keep Your Feet Warm
While indoors, be sure to wear warm socks or slippers to keep your feet warm and to prevent your body from losing heat through your exposed feet. This is especially important if you have hardwood floors or linoleum rather than carpeted floors. It is also important to make sure you have sturdy, well insulated, waterproof boots whenever you have to go outside in the snow. You may want to consider bringing along an extra pair of shoes to work or school so you aren’t stuck wearing your bulky wet boots all day.
Wear a Hat
Since you lose body heat through the top of your head, it is a good idea to wear a cozy winter hat if you have to spend any time outdoors in the winter. There are a number of different styles of winter hats to choose from if you don’t like the look of knitted winter hats. If you really don’t want to wear a hat, consider at least wearing earmuffs to prevent your ears from becoming frostbitten.
Make Use of Blankets
Instead of cranking up the heat, consider using extra blanket instead. Add extra blankets to your bed, possibly even an extra comforter. The sheet closest to your body should be flannel or some other soft cozy material. Consider using a soft fleece blanket instead of a sheet. While you are curled up on the couch in the living room reading a book or watching TV, consider using a blanket with sleeves, such as a Snuggie, to keep yourself warm and comfortable. Sleeved blankets might look silly, but they are warm and comfortable.
Use Heated Clothing
If regular winter clothing isn’t keeping your warm enough, consider investing in heated clothing. These winter garments contain a battery pack that powers heating elements all throughout. There are heated long-sleeve shirts, pants, and gloves available. Be sure to stock up on batteries so you aren’t left in the cold if you choose to use heated electronic clothing. There are also heated blankets available that use the same technology.
Invest in a Space Heater
Space heaters are great for heating up smaller areas, such as a single room, if you don’t want to increase your heating bills too much. They also work great for older homes that have inefficient heating. If you choose to use a space heater, be sure to turn it off and unplug it if you leave the room, and keep all potentially flammable objects far away from it, as space heaters can be fire hazards.
Take a Hot Bath or Shower
At the end of a long cold day there is nothing better than getting into a hot bath or shower. The warm water not only warms your body up, it also can help relieve any muscles pain or stiffness you may be experiencing after shoveling the driveway. Just be sure to have a towel nearby to dry off when you are done, or you will end up freezing again as soon as you shut off the water.
Have a Hot Beverage
A quick way to warm yourself up is enjoying a hot beverage. Whether you prefer tea, coffee, or even hot chocolate, a hot beverage is a great wintertime pick-me-up that can also help warm you up from the freezing temperatures. Be sure to use a well-insulated travel mug with a lid to keep your drink warmer longer.
Keep Your House Well-Insulated
If you have drafty windows or doors, consider getting them repaired or replaced if you can afford it. If you can’t afford to fix them this year, you can hang a blanket or sheet over the source of the draft to keep the cold air out. Preventing drafts can help you to save money on your heating bill in addition to keeping you warmer.
If you can motivate yourself to get some exercise during the cold winter weather, you will feel warmer. Raising your body temperature through exercise is a productive way to stay warm while also getting into better shape for summer. Sure, you have to keep bundle up now, but in a few short months the weather with be nicer. Use this opportunity to get in shape for summer while keeping warm in winter.
You have survived the snow and ice every year so far, so you can make it through another winter. Take precautions to stay warm and comfortable while waiting for the weather to warm up. It might seem like the cold weather will never end right now, but spring will arrive before you know it. In the meantime, stay warm and safe until Jack Frost has moved on.
© 2017 Jennifer Wilber