Winter is cold and some of us really don't handle that chill as well as other people do. Even the air inside the house can get extremely chilly.
Even when the furnace is running on high many homes have a tendency to cool off quickly as soon as the heat clicks off between cycles.
Teeth chattering, hands turning blue, and shivering are all signs that you just might be a wee little bit cold. It can be difficult to shake off that icy feeling once a chill sinks in.
Fortunately there are a number of little ways that you can help to chase the cool away.
Staying warm indoors during the winter months does take some innovative thinking so let's take a little peek at a few ways that just may help you to stay warm when the cold sets in.
There are a Few Ways to Make Your Home Feel Warmer
Closing window curtains in the evening can stop drafts from coming in over night and into the early morning. Once the sun is out open your curtains to allow the warm sunshine coming through the window to help warm your home.
Put rugs on bare areas of the floor. Rugs are much warmer than uncovered floorboards.
Even scatter rugs strategically placed in high traffic areas such as near the stove, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and kitchen table will help to keep the cold away from your feet.
Block drafts to stop them from coming into your home. A rolled up towel or stuffed toy snake placed in front of the door will help to stop drafts from coming in under the door. Weather strip around windows to help stop drafts there.
Use Draft Stoppers by the Windows and Doors
Draft stoppers can be placed in front of your doors and windows to help keep the cold air out. Cute and decorative a draft stopper is also a great Christmas or birthday gift for a friend who does not like to get a chill. For my home I knit large puffy snakes to put in front of our doors. Once made they were stuffed with old nylons or snipped up rags. These worked ideally for stopping the winter drafts.
Winter Baking is a Sweet Way to Warm up the House
Winter is the perfect season for roasts, casseroles, stews, and baking up delicious cakes and cookies. Design your meals and desserts to make use of your oven. By using the oven rather than the stove top you can help to put extra heat into your home.
Once your food is cooked, leave the oven door open a crack so the remaining heat will go into your home and help to warm the room up even more.
Eating or drinking warm foods will also help you to warm up in the winter, so put on the kettle to heat and fix yourself up a hot cup of tea or cocoa. Then wrap your hands around that delightfully warm mug. On this same topic try not to drink too much caffeine in the winter. It is a stimulant and can increase the symptoms of poor circulation or Raynaud's syndrome.
Staying Indoors for Extended Periods of Time?
Take a Vitamin D Supplement
Many people are deficient in vitamin D during the gloomy winter months. Staying indoors more and a lack of sunshine when they are out help to contribute to this issue. Taking a vitamin D supplement won't make you feel any warmer but it will help to keep you a little healthier in colder weather.
Flannel Blankets are Great for Helping Hold in the Warmth
When it Gets Cold Layer up Your Clothing to Help You Stay Warm
Lock in your body heat. Rather than turning up the thermostat to get warm bundle up instead. Put on warm socks, slippers, and a sweater. Lock your body heat in with you rather than letting it escape out into the cooler air of your home.
It's the perfect time of year to cuddle up to stay warm. You can cuddle up under a blanket on the couch to watch TV, light up the fireplace if you have one and snuggle up there, or crawl into bed and snuggle there. Body heat really can help to keep you warm so cuddling is a great way to get warm in the winter.
If you are still feeling the winter chill then lay a blanket over your lower body. Crawl onto the couch or back into bed so you can snuggle up in a blanket. Within twenty minutes you will notice that you are feeling much warmer and able once again to deal with the cooler temperatures.
If Your Hands and Feet are Warm You Will Likely be too
Keep your paws warm. Your body's extremities can get colder quicker than the rest of you and once those fingers and toes get cold, well so will the rest of you.
Winter can be very cold on your hands and feet. Keeping them warm can help the rest of your body to feel warmer as well. Floors in the winter can be icy cold so keep warm socks or slippers on your feet at all time. Wear warm slippers on your feet to help keep them warm.
Cold feet will have the rest of your body feeling cold so keep those toes warm. Slippers that can be heated in the microwave to be toasty warm on your toes can really help to take the winter chill off.
Flannelette sheets help to lock in the warmth so put them on your bed in the cold and chilly winter weather. There is just nothing quite like the snuggly warm feel of a flannel blanket around you in the winter time. Make sure that every member of your family has one on their bed. This fabric is designed to lock in body heat so you stay warmer.
Some People are Just Naturally Colder Than Others
Do you notice that you are freezing while the person sitting beside you appears to be toasty warm? This is actually quite a common occurrence. Some people really do get chilled a little faster than other people do.
You may feel colder in the winter if you have poor circulation, a slow metabolism, suffer from Raynaud's Phenomenon, or have less fat on your body than other people.
Some people just natural are more prone to feeling cooler than other people are. It just means that you will have to try a little harder to keep yourself warm in the cooler months. Grab your sweater out of the closet and snuggle up in it. We can't make winter go away so we just have to do the best we can at staying warm in the winter chill.
Baby has Unique Needs During the Cold Winter Months
Babies have their own distinct needs in cooler weather. Smaller in size they can get cold quite quickly and they have a bad habit of kicking off their blankets.
This means that baby has special needs indeed when in comes to keeping them warm on those cold winter nights.
Help baby to stay warm by snuggling him or her in an outfit that will help to keep the blankets on so baby will evade getting a chill. These sleeping bag type outfits are designed to keep baby from kicking off the blankets on cool fall and winter nights.
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