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Easy Ways To Stay Warm This Winter

Updated on September 10, 2008

Winter is well on its way and it is time to stop thinking about being hot and start thinking about staying warm. There are many options out there for lowering your heating bills, and there are also plenty of easy, quick things you can do to stay warm on those cold winter days. And they don't involve sealing cracks or lowering the thermostat (although those things are good to do).

One of the easiest and best things you can do is to dress appropriately for the weather. It seems many people (especially teenagers) want to dress like it is summer, even though it is January. So ditch the tank tops (unless you are layering with them) and flip flops and dress warmly. Layers work very well for trapping heat in and seem to be the in style as well. A win-win situation don't you think?

Socks or slippers on your feet are one of the best things you can do to stay warm. A person loses the most heat through the head, hands and feet. I know my feet get cold before anything else in the winter. Keep your feet covered and you will be well on your way to staying warm.

Another easy thing to do is to wrap up in a blanket. We love down blankets here and I am already seeing my kids curling up underneath them even though it is early September. We have a basket in our family room that we fill with blankets in the winter. Curling up under a blanket gives such a nice cozy feeling to a day. And you won't need to raise your thermostat to get warm either.

Eating hot foods is another way to warm your body up. Hot soups are wonderful in the winter and always a nice switch from the cooler foods of summer. While you are curling up under your blanket why not have a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate? It will taste delicious and warm you up.

Lighting some candles will make your house smell good as well as give off some heat. It isn't much, but it does help, especially in a closed room. Another easy way to warm up your body is to get up and move. If you can't curl up under a blanket, get up and exercise. Even just picking up around the house will warm you up. Bending over and picking things up, walking from room to room, climbing the stairs, etc all get your blood pumping and start raising your body heat. Pretty soon you will forget you were ever cold.

This winter when it gets really cold out, instead of raising the thermostat, think outside the box and take some easy steps to stay warm.

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      market solution 9 years ago

      I'm not ready for the winter reminder - but you are so right. I also have a pile of blankets ready and waiting to snuggle up in.

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find that the best way is to go to a warmer climate....I HATE THE COLD! But if I'm still in Canada for any part of this winter, I will definitely follow your suggestions.

      Thx for sharing!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Jennifer for keeping us warm this winter!

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      LouiseKnittel 9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for sharing these ideas. I will need them this Winter that is for sure!

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      trish1048 9 years ago

      Hi Jennifer

      Great ideas.  Also, if you can take it, flannel sheets work well too.  Some folks find them too warm.  I also keep afghans out, as you do with blankets.  Ceiling fans can also be adjusted to blow the air down, so it would keep the heat closer to you instead of heating up the ceiling.

      I love winter for all the feel good foods.  In addition to the hot drinks, a nice hot soup or stew is always good.  Another thing you could do is enlist the family to have a baking party.  Make some nice breads, cakes or cookies.  The house will not only smell good there but there will be plenty of good food to keep the insides warm.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Trish