Staying warm and cosy

Winter is on its way, and like we all know Monsieur Winter Wind likes breathing down our necks, leaving us yelping for the rays of warm summer air. Here are a few tips to help you to keep warm and stay toasty during those frosty days.

 

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  1. Fool the eye. Sometimes your perception of warmth can make you feel warmer. By changing your home decor to warm colours and textures, you create the illusion of being cosy and warm. Try a throw so you can snuggle under it.
  2. Cut a rug. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone, and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.
  3. Bake something. Stews, roasts, casseroles and soups are made for the cold weather. They are cooked at a low temperature and designed to warm you up going down.
  4. Drink something. Wrap your hands around a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. It’s guaranteed to warm you up.
  5. Something old fashioned. Try a hot water bottle; alternatively, run a hot iron over your sheets before you get into bed. Bags of rice or dried beans, warmed in the microwave, are other options.
  6. Cover your head. It sounds silly, but wearing a hat or a scarf (plus socks) to bed at night will keep you warm, even if the rest of you is clothed in skimpy clothing.
  7. It’s muggy in here. Use a humidifier. Humid air feels warmer. If you don’t have a humidifier (yet), open the bathroom door while showering. Or make a soup and let the vapours envelop you.
  8. It takes two. Snuggle up with your friends, or your significant other to make the cold evenings less lonely.

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