There are lots of good parts to winter, but being cold is not one of them! Here’s what you can do to keep yourself warm when the weather is icy:
1. Use a warm blanket:
Keep a cozy but attractive throw on your couch or chair. It’s a nice decorative element and you can snuggle in it while you read or watch TV.
2. Have a hot drink:
A hot drink will help warm you up. Coffee and hot chocolate are fine, but don’t overdo it on the caffeine and calories.
3. Eat carbs:
Yes, carbs. Make sure they’re the good kind, though- complex carbohydrates- so you’re not getting empty calories. Digesting complex carbs requires energy, which generates heat.
4. Eat healthy fats:
Eating healthy fat raises your metabolism, which raises your body temperature.
5. Eat spicy food:
Eating spicy food makes you feel hot.
6. Cook or bake:
Having the oven or stove on will warm up your house.
7. Wear a hat:
Body heat escapes through our heads, so wearing a hat will keep your warm.
8. Wear layers:
Dressing in layers keeps you warmer than a single warm layer.
9. Wear a scarf:
Choose a nice one for fashion and function.
10. Take a hot bath:
Actually, you don’t want the water to be too hot, but a warm soak is warming to your body.
Do a workout or have a dance party! You’ll warm up quickly while you’re working it, and your body will stay warm for a while after you’re done. And bonus: you burn some calories and tone some muscles!
12. Open the curtains:
Keep the curtains or shades open during the day to let in the solar heat.
13. Use a space heater:
When it’s freezing and you just can’t warm up inside, there’s nothing like a space heater to do the trick! Make sure you follow safety instructions!