As temperatures dip low, living and working in cold weather can be bothersome. Even everyday activities become a hassle. Unfortunately, life cannot be put on hold until the favorable weather arrives. Humans cannot go into hibernation and life must go on.
We have to go out in the cold and carry on with our daily life routines. But it also does not mean that you have to freeze your butt off. Let us tell you that there is no such thing as bad weather, you are just not dressed upright.
Here are 8 tips to help you keep warm during the cold weather. Trying one or all of these will definitely make a difference.
This is the most common thing to do in winter. Dressing upright and in layers keeps you warm. Wear an under layer under your normal clothes. The most common form of an underlayer is thermals, stockings, leggings, and long underwear. All these forms of under layers tend to keep you extra warm without putting too many layers on the top. But you might feel extra warm if you are in an already warm room. They are generally meant for outdoor activities.
Next, you can wear an outer layer of the shirt along with jackets, coats, hoodies, and sweaters. Fleece is a well-known material to use in winters due to its insulating quality. There are other materials such as wool, lined leather, neoprene, and fur that can also be used to keep you warm from cold. Then comes gloves and caps. Use warm gloves and caps so that you can keep your head and hands safe from cold. Even If you are dressed properly, you can still lose heat from any part of the body that is exposed. So wear caps, socks, scarves and gloves to retain the heat as much as possible.
Keeping the home as warm as possible is also very important to keep yourself warm. You can use insulation on the walls and windows. It is recommended to use heavy curtains during winters to add a layer of insulation between you and the cold glass. Open curtain during the sunny days as it is the easiest way to warm up the room without doing much. Let the sunlight in the rooms and they will end up heated without doing much effort.
Eating right and healthy during cold weather is very important to keep the body warm and energetic. Homemade stews and soups are incomparable and are high in nutrition. Start taking hot beverages on a regular basis. Besides the hot beverages, eat spicy food as well. Hot seasonings and chili peppers have an ingredient called “capsaicin” that gives these a delicious touch. When consumed, it creates a warming effect by increasing the body temperature. You can add them to your soups, stews, and curries.
Most of us don’t know it but it is true. We feel low and lethargic during cold months is due to dehydration. Water consumption is not the same in winters as it is in summers. However, it is as important to stay hydrated in winters as it is in summers. It is also a fantastic way to create body heat. Our bodies use water to regulate the temperatures whether it is hot or cold. So keep on drinking water. If you don’t like drinking cold water, use water on room temperature or warm it before drinking.
Cold air also leads to dry itchy skin. Keep yourself hydrated will also keep your skin moisturized.
Taking hot showers provides instant warmth to the body and also keeps your active. If you find yourself getting cold sometime after the hot shower, wrap yourself up in warm clothes or blanket to retain the heat as much as possible. Taking regular showers during cold weather also keeps you safe from viral diseases such as sore throats, colds, and flu.
If your routine is to work outdoors in cold weather, invest in good boots once and for all. Some of the best options are double boots with an inner layer and a high end out layer. Such boots are warm and comfortable but expensive. Cheaper options are also good. Suite your budget. Foam insulated rubber boots are also a good option in winters.
Warm air tends to go up. Use ceiling fans on its lowest setting in a clockwise direction to keep the heat where you can feel it the most.
Sun is the natural source of light and heat. Although, in winter we don’t get much time to see the sun still when you see it, get out and take a sunbath. Nothing can be compared to the warmth natural sun provides. You can carry out your regular tasks under the sun whenever you get a chance. Take your laptop out and sit under the sun, take your kids out in the sun and warm up. Read newspapers, magazines, talk on the phone or even have breakfast on the lawn, porch, etc. Make use of this natural source of energy as much as you can. There are no side effects what so ever and it is suitable for all ages. Plan some outdoor activities with your friends and family and get warmed up. And the best thing is, it will also boost up your vitamin D levels isn’t is amazing?
We hope you will find all these tips helpful. Always keep yourself updated with current weather conditions and stay alert of any upcoming warnings. This is the only way you can keep yourself and your family safe from any kind of mishap. Always know your risks and stock up with warm dry clothes and blankets. A warm beverage will raise your core temperate to a significant level. However, try to avoid alcohol as it decreases the core body temperate and makes you feel even colder.