It’s starting to get cold and at this time of year it feels like it’s going to be a very long time until it will get any warmer. I live in a draughty old house with lots of old stone, so it’s cold… really cold, in fact I could turn my fridge off now and everything would be preserved beautifully. So for those of us that don’t have the luxury of central heating there are a few things we can do to keep warm.
Draught excluders. Simple to make at home (Loads of tutorials available online) and cheap to buy if you don’t want to make them yourself. When I found some for less than a fiver in the summer I just bought them. To make them really effective use drawing pins and attach them to your door, much better than having to keep putting them back in place. If you need one now, roll a towel up and put it behind the door.
Add an extra duvet to your bed so you don’t get cold at night and use a hot water bottle/electric blanket to pre-warm your bed. Dress well for sleep and used lots of pillows, they hold the heat and are very comforting. This sounds silly but wear a hat if you’re really cold, we lose most of our body heat from our heads.
Hot drinks, drink lots of fluid and make sure it’s hot, it will raise your body temperature and you can warm your hands whilst you’re drinking it.
Open your curtains on sunny days, the sun on the glass will add a little warmth.
Get rid of the condensation off your windows regularly, it causes damp air and makes everywhere feel colder than it really is, it also causes damp patches in rooms and makes your rooms and clothes smell.
Eat well, good food like stews with lots of vegetables will make you feel warmer, they will fill you up and you will get all the vitamins you need to help you to keep away those nasty cold and flu bugs.
Exercise, indoors or outside will warm you up and keep you healthier. Wrap up warm and go out for a walk, the house will feel warm when you return.
Keep doors shut, keep whatever warmth you have in. Back to draught excluders…
Keep warm and healthy this winter.
If all else fails…