Keeping Warm This Winter
With energy bills and the general cost of living on the rise, winter can be a stressful and worrying time for many people. Young families living in poverty are forced to choose between heating their home or eating a proper meal; and the elderly are at particular risk of cold-related illness and even death. However, keeping warm in winter doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your heating bills. With the weather in the UK starting to turn much more wintery this week we thought it was time to share some of our tips for keeping yourself and your family toasty warm:
The following are shorter-term solutions to keep you warm in the here and now:
- Wear several thin layers of clothing rather than one thick layer. Thin layers will trap warm air and keep it close to the body, making you feel warmer.
- Choose clothing made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics as they keep heat in whilst still allowing the skin to breathe properly.
- During the day the sun will keep your home somewhat warm as it pours in through your windows. However, once the sun goes down and it becomes dark, make sure to close your curtains in order to stop any unnecessary heat from escaping.
- Make sure you keep your internal doors and windows closed as this will ensure that you don’t lose heat from the room you’re in.
- We lose a great deal of our body heat from our head and neck so try wearing a hat and scarf indoors if you’re having trouble staying warm.
- Our bodies generate heat when we eat so try to eat regular hot meals consisting of starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, rice, soup and porridge.
- When you’re moving around your body warms up so try to keep active. Things like housework or simply running on the spot will warm your body up. However, if you’re unable to carry out activity then try to use a shawl or blanket to keep you warm whilst sitting.
- Your body temperature drops as you sleep, and is at its lowest around 4am so ensure you wear warm clothes in bed such as thermal underwear, socks and even a hat. This will keep you warm throughout the night and lead to a more restful sleep.