Keep Yourself Warm During Winter

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Winter is indeed one of the most wonderful times of the year. But being cold often takes away the fun of it. As much as you want to stay fashionable and go outside during the cold months, getting sick will definitely bring you back into reality - freezing to death for the sake of going out or fashion isn't good. Whether you're prepping for the winter season or searching for a way to get warm when you're outside, these field-proven tips and tricks can save you from cold spells.

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Freeze-Busting Steps

Clothes for Staying Warm

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    You must dress appropriately during the winter season.
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    You might think that you are resilient to cold and everything, but once you get a taste of cold-related sickness, you might want to back down a bit and reconsider. Wear only warm clothes, especially layered ones, and not only will this prevent exposure to cold, but it will also retain your body heat.
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    1. Thick gloves or mittens.
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    2. Furred Jacket.
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    3. Quilted Robes.
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    4. Thick pants.
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    5. Long socks.
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    6. Water resistant Jacket/Shell.
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    7. Thick fur shoes.
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    8. Hats or woolen caps.
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    9. Scarfs.
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The right clothing can make a huge difference. The weather may be windy, cold and wet, but it matters little if you are dry and warm because you're wearing the right clothing. This applies whether you are skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, doing chores outside, doing other errands or just staying at home. Winter apparel is a good investment you can make. If you can help it, try not to go out from home more than you have to, and stock up items to prevent unnecessary visits to stores.

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Warmth Inducing Tips

Surround Yourself with Blankets

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This is one of the most used and highly effective cold-fighting techniques you can use. While blankets do not generate heat themselves (as some people believe), they do keep you warm by retaining natural bodily warmth. Huddle the blankets close to you. Keep in mind not to bury yourself too much with blankets as this can cause suffocation, especially if you happen to fall asleep as you're getting warm. * Keep blankets on couches around the house so that people around you and yourself can instantly get that warmth.
* Whether you read books, watch TV or just chill on the couch, it will do you good to keep extra blankets on hand.

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Hot Water Solutions

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    Water Steam.
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    Winter can bring about a clogged nose, and dry skin and eyes. You can counter this by inhaling steam or letting it reach your face. Slowly breath the steam in and you can start feeling your clogged nose clear, your face being moisturized, and your body becoming warm at the same time. Better yet, why not try making a tent using blankets and putting a bowl of hot/boiling water in the middle? You can have fun with your family while staying warm.
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    Hot Water Bottle.
    Water retains heat for a very long time, making hot water bottles both an affordable and effective way for you to stay warm. Just remember not to put boiling water in water bottles. You can use it while watching TV or sitting at your desk. Alternatively, you can put it under your blankets to keep you warm throughout the night. You can also press it to any part of your body that feels extra cold, like the soles of your feet or your palms.
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Fireplace

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An evening of fire will definitely do the job of keeping you warm and comfortable. It also provides a very pleasant and nice atmosphere during cold winter nights. Use a fireback, a heavy metal sheet made of cast iron behind the fire. It protects the masonry, and at the same time reflects heat to the room. Here's a link to one: [1]

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Warm Foods and Drinks

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You know the picture, sitting on the couch near the window and sipping chocolate while thinking of good times. Winter season don't just bring it a lot of snow but it is also a time for heavenly winter soups and hot cocoas. Substantial food like pizza, coffee and tea along with toasts and roast meats can help you get warm as well.

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Hot baths

Who doesn't like hot baths, right?

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Hot baths provide you with immediate relaxing and warming sensation, healing your sore muscles as well as reducing stress you have during the day. A hot bath can warm you up in no time. However if you really want to relax, why not try putting on some jasmine-scented candle and soothing music? Now that is relaxation. Just be sure to dry yourself well afterwards as the cold season is unforgiving of wet bodies.

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Body Heat Powers

Did you know that your body naturally gives off heat?

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Humans are warm-blooded (obviously) and continuously secrete heat through our pores, keeping warm and relaxed, whatever the season may be. To utilize body heat, simply find a place you want to relax and wrap yourself up with blankets. Gradually you will feel your trapped body warming under the blanket. You can also use other people's body heat to warm yourself up. Did you know that big holiday parties warm a house more quickly? Yes, that's body heat right there! Snuggling with your loved ones also helps, so why not try snuggling with your honey? And you never know who you'll meet under the mistletoe at a holiday party!

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Cold-Proof your Home

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Your home should be complete with weatherproofing essentials. Weatherproof especially your windows and doors as the cold air tends to come from these openings. Here's an article about weatherproofing your windows for the winter season: Weatherproof Your Windows * Remember to check your heater if it's in working condition for the winter,
* Put the thermostat at around 21 C and 70 F. Keeping this setting constant in your house will keep everyone cozy and warm.
* Always open your curtains during the day so that sunlight can enter and heat your house. Remember to close them in the evening so that heat can be retained inside. Install curtains if your windows do not have them. Blinds do little as heat insulation.

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Tips, Tricks, and Warning

  • You can also do these steps in any situation or season in which you find yourself cold.
  • For a nice and warm bed before sleeping, put a hot water bottle in your bed an hour prior to sleeping.
  • Look for fun recipes when making winter foods and beverages. Similar food and drinks can get boring.
  • Eat or drink newly cooked foods right away before they get cold. But be careful eating or drinking hot foods very quickly, as they can burn your tongues.
  • If your house does not have a fireplace, you can utilize in its place a portable electrical fireplace; they don't cost a lot and give off good heat to keep you and your loved ones warm.
  • Be careful around candles as they are one of the biggest causes of fires in homes. Use non-flammable containers when using candles and remember to extinguish them before leaving the house or going to bed. Do not let children play with the candle or fireplace either.
  • While drinking alcohol can make you feel warm, it actually lowers your body's temperature, exposing you to hypothermia or even death. Keep it for later or if you can't stop it, huddle close to a heat source or cover yourself in a blanket.
  • Spread your chores throughout the day, so that you will have some activity throughout the day. Alternate between activity and rest.
  • Healthy foods provide you a lot of body heat.
  • Keep your regular exercises. They not only provide strength to the body, but they also generate heat to keep your body warm.
  • Remember not to sit idly in one place for a long duration of time.
  • Prepare your furnace ahead of time if you have one.
  • Resist putting on too many pairs of sock. It only restricts circulation and actually causes your feet to get colder.
  • Do not use cotton outside your home as it absorbs moisture easily (sweat and snow), and retains it.
  • Don't wear overly tight gloves or mittens. There should be a tiny air space at the tips of your fingers; these acts as additional insulation.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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