Don’t let the short, chilly days get you down, these 6 tips will help you beat the gloom and keep cosy this winter.
Wearing multiple layers is the most effective way to keep warm as it helps heat radiate back towards your body. But you don’t have to look like the Oros man either, 3 layers is quite sufficient. A good base layer, like a long sleeve top, under a warm jersey, covered by a fleece or a down jacket, will keep you nice and toasty.
If the sun is out, and it’s not too blustery, get outside and soak up some rays! Apart from the warmth, the fresh air and vitamin D will give you a real boost. Enjoy the sights and sounds while you’re at it. You may have also noticed that nature seems to be thriving at the moment, there are a great deal more butterflies around.
Now’s the perfect time to knit a scarf, or a hat, or even some warm mittens. Why not knit something for a friend, or to donate to those in need, it’ll certainly brighten up their day. For some great ideas visit this page for scarf patterns or this page for hat patterns.
It’s easy to forget to hydrate when it’s cold outside, but if you make drinking a glass of water a regular part of your daily routine, you’ll start to develop a very good habit. A lovely cup of tea is also an effective way to top up on fluids, and it’ll warm you up too, like a hug in a cup.
Whether you’re inside or outside, get your body moving! If you’ve been sitting for a while, get up and stretch, work your fingers and toes, walk around for a bit. Or maybe take a stroll around the gardens, anything to get the blood flowing.
Pull on some socks, grab a warm winter blanket, and get comfy. A good book or magazine will keep your mind active, but if you want more of a challenge, do a crossword or puzzle. Remember, you can always trade items with someone to mix it up a bit. And if you can get your hands on a wheat bag, stick it in the microwave; it will keep you cosy, and they’re great for soothing aches and pains too.
These are just 6 simple things to get you through the cold, but there are certainly loads of other tricks out there, so speak to your friends, they might have some creative ideas.