Staying warm in winter

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British weather is notoriously unpredictable most of the time, however one thing that is almost guaranteed is that winter will be very cold at times.

There's lots of things you can do that are simple and easy to do to help keep warm when it get's cold.

We've compiled some tips with one of our customers Mik, from a Criminal Justice Service, to help you stay warm this winter:

  • Blocking drafts can be a cheap way of making your home warmer. Draught-proofing products are available at DIY stores.
  • Close curtains at dusk to keep the heat in, and use thermal underlay on any carpets.
  • Eat hot meals when you can. This doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Soup is cheap and easy and a quick way to warm up. Add some crusty bread and there's a great meal. Why not try the recipes on page 24.
  • Hot drinks are another easy way to warm up, especially before you go to bed. But be careful about having caffeinated drinks that may keep you awake. Try hot chocolate or a malted drink instead.
  • Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. This will help you stay healthy and adds interest. Salads are available all year round and you can still eat them alongside a hot meal.
  • Wear layers of clothing to help trap the heat. Vests, t-shirts, jumpers and shirts can all be worn at once and then you can take off layers as you warm up. And don't forget to add layers to your legs too. Jogging bottoms under trousers make a real difference.
  • Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves when you go out. When it's really cold, keep as much of your skin covered as possible. But make sure you can still see!
  • Wear something to bed, and keep your window closed. Also, putting on socks keeps your feet warm which really helps you get to sleep. But try not to get too warm as this can interfere with your sleep too.
  • Make sure your shoes and boots are waterproof and non-slip if possible.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about a flu vaccination if you are over the age of 65, pregnant or if you have any underlying health conditions. Click here to find out more.
  • Be active. The more you move around, the warmer you will be.┬áIt will also take your mind off any low mood or boredom. Click here to read our advice on beating the winter blues.
  • Add some colour to the winter greyness. Colour makes a difference to the way we feel. Think about it when making your food. Colourful fruits and vegetables are good for us as well as making meals look appetising. Think about it when getting dressed too. Why blend into the background when you go out? Adding some colour into a room, with a poster or throw, can make the room feel warmer and brighten our mood.