Keep warm and well this winter

Keep your home toasty

During the winter months, you will likely spend a lot of time indoors to keep warm, so make sure your home is just that. Your main living room should be around 21°C (70°F) and your bedroom around 18°C (65°F).

Here are some other ways to help you keep warm in your home.

  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep you warm in bed (but never use both at the same time).
  • Close your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat in.
  • Make sure your curtains or furniture doesn’t block your radiators.
  • Set the timer on your heating so it comes on just before you get up and switches off when you go to bed.

If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, why not check in on them now and then? You can make sure they and their home is nice and warm, as well as spending some valuable time catching up. Maybe they need some help getting to the shops if footpaths are covered in ice and snow or help putting their bins out.

Keep active to keep warm

Being physically active is great whatever the time of year. Not only is it beneficial for your physical and mental health, it generates heat and helps to keep you warm too. If you can, wrap up and get outdoors for a brisk walk when you have the chance, especially if the sun is shining. If you’re indoors, try to get up and move about as much as possible if you can. Or maybe get some exercise by getting the household chores done!

Dress for the weather

It goes without saying that wrapping up and wearing warm clothing throughout the winter months is a good plan. However, wear several light layers instead of one chunky layer to maintain your body temperature. And if you’re venturing outside, a thick coat, hat, gloves and a scarf is also a good idea. If the footpaths are in poor condition, make sure you wear some sturdy footwear with a good grip.

Eat well and stock up on soup

Eating a balanced diet gives you energy and helps to keep your body warm. During the colder months, eat regular hot, hearty meals, such as soups, stews and casseroles, and drink hot drinks throughout the day.

Some final tips to keep you toasty and on top of your health this winter.

  • Stock up on frozen food, especially vegetables, in case the weather is too cold or hazardous to get to the shops. This is especially helpful if you live in a rural village.
  • Practice good hand hygiene to stop the spread of colds and flu. Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water and use a sanitizing hand gel when you’re out and about.
  • Allow yourself extra time if you need to make journeys in poor weather so you don’t have to rush.
  • A vaccine may be available in your country to protect yourself against flu, so speak to a doctor for more information. In the UK, if you’re over 65 or at risk of developing complications from flu, you’re entitled to a free flu jab.

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