How to stay toasty warm this winter
Hot water bottles
Heat packs and hot water bottles are a great way to stay warm without accumulating hundreds of dollars in electricity and gas bills. They will warm your bed or lap, they can even assist with muscle pain, backache, menstrual cramps, leg cramps, headaches/migraines, aching joints, neck soreness, stress, tension & anxiety, cold feet or hands.
Feel like a warm hug in a mug? A hot beverage is almost as good as a warm loving hug. There are so many flavours of herbal tea to choose from, herbal tea is a great substitute for caffeine drinks. Hot water with honey and lemon can boost immunity and remove toxins from the body. Almond milk contains vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and other essential nutrients. Chai latte is made using cinnamon, cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also beneficial for your heart and lowers blood sugar levels.
Oversized blanket throws
When you’re sitting down watching TV or perhaps working away in your home office, your body temperature drops because you’re not moving around as much. A great way to maintain your body temperature and stay warm is with a cosy and cuddly blanket. Try a luxe faux fur or a plush fleece blanket for optimal warmth and stylish looks.
Add a few extra layers to your bedding
Flannel sheets are warmer than regular sheets, they will retain your body heat and will help you enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep. Electric blankets are helpful to warm up your bed before going to bed, it is recommended to not leave it on all night as extensive exposure can lead to health side effects.
Completing a 15 minute winter workout will get your blood pumping and help maintain a healthy mindset. Exercising outside allows us to reconnect with nature, break away from the digital world and clear our minds. Don’t forget to layer up and dress dry. If the weather outside is a dampener, there are many online workouts to do in your lounge room which will achieve similar results.
Insulate your home
Thick curtains will reduce heat escaping from your home. Open curtains during the day to let sunlight in to maximise this natural resource. Stop draughts from coming in under doors and windows. Close doors to rooms not being used. Insulate your roof and double glazing windows will help keep the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Reuse the heat in your home
After using the oven, leave the oven door open to let the heat release into your home. After having a bath, leave the hot water in the bath until it cools down to room temperature. The heat from the water warm your bathroom, but it will also help increase your home’s humidity. Humidity makes the air feel warmer and helps prevents our skin from drying out.