Staying warm this winter

Keeping warm during the winter months is vital to your health. It can help prevent colds, flu and even more serious conditions such as heart attacks and depression.

Here are our Top 10 tips on keeping warm this winter…

Ensure you dress appropriately

Warm clothing, especially when layered, helps to prevent exposure and retain body heat. It’s better to wear several thin layers rather than one thick layer, as this will trap air close to your body and keep you warmer.

Warm food and drink

This will help your body stay warm during the winter months. Meals such as stew and lasagne, as well as meat will help keep you warm. You could even have a go at making your own delicious winter soups and hot chocolate. After all they’re part of the fun of the season!

Utilise your body heat by keeping active

An active body heats up quickly. Do some exercise such as jogging or dance to your favourite song until you break into a sweat. This will also help to keep you active, fit and healthy.

Keep your house warm

Ensure all windows and internal doors are closed as this will keep the heat in.

Draw your curtains when it gets dark

This will reduce draughts and heat loss through the windows.

Use a hot water bottle

To stay warm while you’re in bed use a hot water bottle. This along with some bed socks will keep you nice and cosy throughout the night.

Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking the radiator

By doing this it ensures no heat is wasted.

Check the weather before leaving the house.

If it’s going to be a cold day, make sure you wear the appropriate clothing. A hat, scarf and a pair of gloves are perfect for keeping warm when it's chilly outside.

Heat your living room to 21 degrees 

Keep your main living room around 21 degrees, and the rest of the house should be heated to at least 18 degrees. This will ensure a healthy and safe temperature. You may want your house to be warmer than this, and if you feel cold, turn the heat up regardless of what the thermometer reads.  

Stay warm while also keeping the cost down

Leaving your heating on a low setting all day won’t save you money. Set your timer so it comes on just before you wake up and before you get in at night, but remember that your house will take a while to warm up and cool down. Try setting your timer so your heating kicks in 15 minutes before you wake up and 15 minutes before you get in at night.