Winter is well and truly coming, and although that may make you want to stay in bed with the latest episode of Game of Thrones, you should be embracing this beautiful season for what it’s worth! Winter often gets a bad rap, but in reality there are so many wonderful, romantic elements to the colder months. We’ve put together the top 6 ways that you can stay warm and toasty this winter, and truly embrace the beauty of the coldest season.
It can be tempting to throw on a huge, knitted jumper to keep you warm – but this is not the way to do it! Your body conserves heat through being protected by careful layering. That means, you need to layer your clothes, so as much material contact is made to your skin as possible. Invest in a good set of thermals, and light, thin layers that you can add to increase your warmth.
Light the fireplace
One of the most nostalgic, wintry feelings is relaxing by the comforting crackling of a fireplace. Not only this, but a fireplace can be a social gathering spot for your friends and family. No other type of heating appliance offers the cozy warmth you can get from a fire. Fireplaces are creature comforts, that add an extra touch of architectural vitality to a house, inside and out.
One of the most satisfying ways to warm up your body is by digesting a hearty, soulful winter meal. This can mean soups, casseroles or roasts for dinner, and warm cakes or baked treats for dessert. Using the kitchen and the oven naturally heats up any house, so why not take advantage of this and create nutritious meals for you and your household.
Not only do warm meals warm you up, but there is nothing like sipping a hot drink on a cold night. Whether it be tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wine, there is a vast array of warming beverages that will warm even the coldest cockles of your heart! Get creative, adding warming ingredients such as herbs and spices to your drinks.
A great way to warm up is to get your blood pumping! It can be tempting to stay snuggled under the blankets in winter, but a great way to keep fit and stay warm is to engage in regular exercise. Exercising before you start your day can also increase brain function and productivity. Double win!
Stay warm in bed by investing in good quality pyjamas, bed socks, and fleece sheets. Hot water bottles and electric blankets can go a long way, too. Snuggle up with warm blankets and doonas, and save on your electricity bill!
So whether you prefer to bake some cookies, go for a jog, or snuggle up in your warmest clothes, there is an array of delightful activities that winter can bring. All it takes is some planning, some warmth, and some creativity. As well as this, it’s been proven that cold temperatures are healthy for our bodies and our minds. Winter is coming… More like winter is coming!