Switch it up in the shower
Alternate between hot and cold showers. Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation between your skin and organs, which make sure once you warm up you stay warm. Not only that, but cold showers are linked with having a stronger immune system too.
Feng Shui your furniture
If your sofa is in front of the radiator, you’re wasting money. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the flow of hot air so it can circulate around your home and keep it warm.
Using your oven heats up the whole house without having to turn the heating on. You'll feel even cozier if you invite friends (and all their extra body heat) over to eat cakes, biscuits and other baked treats in front of the telly!
Get your vitamins and minerals
Eating right means your body will be performing at optimum, and you’ll also be less susceptible to catching colds, flu or other winter illnesses. Eating ginger and other ‘hot’ or warming foods, like chillies and other spices gets your blood flowing and warms you up.
Exercising certainly gets you hot and sweaty in the short term, but long term it also increases your metabolic rate and makes it easier for your body to maintain its core temperature.
Go easy on the booze
Nothing beats a hot toddy or a soothing mulled wine, and while a warm drink will raise your temperature and help you withstand a chill, that doesn’t work with alcohol as it actually drops core body temperature.
Keep your doors closed
And not just your front door either. Making sure all the doors in your home are closed, especially the rooms you’re in, make that room another barrier between you and the chilly outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss.
Lock the heat in overnight
The temperature is coldest just before dawn. Make sure your bedroom window is closed at night and close curtains at dusk to keep the heat in.
Light candles and keep cosy
Call me old fashioned, but I love a candle. Atmospheric, homely, and also free heat and light! Don’t be afraid of being a bit basic and lighting up your living room with some cute candles. Just remember to blow them out too!
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