Jon Snow wasn’t lying when he said winter was coming. Indeed, it is for people in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere. Interestingly, I live in Melbourne and weather winter patterns here begin to unfold as early as autumn.
Whilst some people embrace this drop in temperature as heavenly, I, on the other hand, dread it. Anything below 15 degrees Celsius is too cold and needs my ample attention.
Many people resort to electric blankets and heaters in the winter. Unfortunately, excessive use of these result in higher power bills. You can avoid breaking the bank by trying out these tested ways to keep yourself warm.
Tip#1: Cover every inch of yourself. Expose nothing. I’m serious. Wear beanies, scarves, gloves and thick socks. Wear layers of warm clothing. Put on thermals, tights and a jumper or jacket and a coat if necessary. Wear snug clothing to keep the cold from interacting with your skin. Wear boots. Also, remember that your tolerance for the cold is different from the people around you, so never copy the number of layers they’re wearing. Only you know your definition of comfortable.
Tip#2: Wrap your hands around something warm. It can be a mug of hot coffee or tea or just warm water in an aluminum flask. It’s guaranteed to keep you warm inside and out. You can also get a pocket hand warmer.
Tip#3: Try the sandwich in bed approach. If you don’t want your power bills to go through the roof, try to sandwich yourself. Put a fleece blanket over your bedsheet, and lie down on it. Put a blanket bundle, composed of a duck or goose down doona (duvet if you live in the northern part of the world and comforter if in the US) topped with another fleece blanket, over you. If this isn’t enough, hug a hot water bottle or better yet, hug a pet or cuddle up to another person.
Tip#4: Iron your clothes. Ironing in the winter provides you smarter-looking garments even when unnecessary and gives you that much-needed warmth before facing the bitter cold.
Tip#5: Keep the doors closed. Don’t let the outside inside! If you are lucky enough to live in a house or an apartment with many rooms and doors, make sure to close the doors to keep the draft from sneakily entering your warm abode. Take the edge off the room by turning on the heater for a few minutes and you can live off that for the rest of the night.
Hope these ideas can help keep you comfy and toast during the winter. Have a lovely winter! 🙂