With winter in full swing, there are several ways to keep warm without spending a fortune. To reduce the amount of heat you lose while battling cold temperatures, it’s important to place insulation between you and the cold. It’s also important to control the loss of body heat already stored within the insulation. This is done through wearing layers while outdoors and utilizing blankets if indoors. Next time you go outside in freezing temperatures, try bundling up with multiple layers of clothing. Don’t forget the hat, scarf, thick socks and gloves. Not only is it fashionable, it’s smart. While indoors, try gathering several soft blankets to help insulate your body from the cold. Here are a few more ideas to keep you warm despite low temperatures.
- Consume warm foods. It’s called comfort food for a reason. Foods such as hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soups and stews are not only yummy; they can keep your body warm.
- Take a bath. A hot bath not only heats your body, it also relaxes muscles and relieves stress!
- Build a fire. If you have a fireplace, utilize it. Whether it’s wood burning, electric or gas, sitting by the fire brings ambience and warmth.
- Heat your bed. Rather than heating an entire home, use an electric blanket on all the beds. No electric blanket? No problem. A less expensive way to heat the bed is a hot water bottle. Slip it between the sheets a few minutes prior to bed time and the bed will be nice and warm for you. Another option is a large heating pad.
- Block any drafts. Winterize your home by blocking any drafts from doors or windows using weather stripping, a blanket or towel, or layers of thermal-backed drapes.