Hot cocoa, warm fires, and staying layered up indoors. These are all hallmarks of a cozy winter for most of us. But not everyone experiences winter the same way.
If you struggle to stay warm on cold days, your winter may instead involve chattering teeth and shivery discomfort. This, of course, is not acceptable.
You deserve to experience the joy of a cozy, comfortable winter, and we're about to show you how!
Stay Warm on the Inside
If you want to experience the warmth, you've got to start from the inside. It is much easier to change your body's temperature than it is to change the outside world.
Some great ways to do this involve drinking a hot cup of soup, sipping on hot cocoa or coffee, and indulging in various other hot, winter comfort foods of your choice. You will, of course, want to stay away from ice-creams, or cold beverages during this time.
In addition to making smarter food choices, also make sure to put on some thick winter socks, hats, gloves, and at least a cardigan. Layer your clothing to have the thickest clothes on the outside.
Invest in a Quality Comforter
To ensure that you stay warm and cozy on cold nights, you need to invest in a good quality comforter or blanket designed specifically for the winter.
Your body is a source of heat. However, when it comes in contact with colder air, this heat escapes, which causes you to feel cold. A thick comforter can go a long way in adding that extra layer between you and the cold, winter air, acting as a barrier.
This slows down the transfer of your body heat into the air, allowing you to stay warm with the help of your own body heat.
Pay Attention to Your Bedroom
You already know to wear socks and thick gloves, but do you know that decking your bedroom in winter wear can help too? Invest in thicker curtains or drapes, and set a cozier aesthetic for your room.
Darker colors do a better job of absorbing heat than lighter ones. For example, whites generally reflect light, while black or darker shades absorb heat.
Layer Up in Bed
Next, you want to make sure your bed is set to keep you warm throughout the night. In addition to a nice, thick comforter you also need to make sure the rest of your bed accessories are winter-friendly.
Flannel winter bedsheets are particularly helpful for keeping you warm. Layering your bed with sheets and blankets can also help trap the heat. For additional comfort, you can consider ironing your sheets before use or blowing hot air in between the sheets with the help of a blow dryer.
Make sure that the products you use are made from good quality fabrics, otherwise the layering will not have the effect you want.
Find Comfort in a Heating Pad
If your bed isn't enough to keep you warm, you can also invest in a heating pad. These are not very expensive, but if you do have trouble finding one, you can always make one at home.
All you need to do is add rice, barley, or even oatmeal to a cloth bag or a sock. Next, make sure all ends are either tied or sealed. Finally, you can microwave the bag for a minute, and continue to do so at intervals until it reaches the temperature you desire.
Now lay back in bed and cuddle up to your warm bag of beans!
As discussed above, your body is usually generating heat. Now one way to increase the production of this heat is to engage in physical activity.
While the appeal of staying at rest can be high, if you're really having trouble coping with the cold, moving around might be the best thing you can do for yourself. Set a timer on your phone, and remind yourself to take frequent breaks for movement.
You can do this by taking a brisk walk around the house, dancing, or incorporating any type of movement into your day that you find pleasurable. If you want to do a few jumping jacks before you get into bed, that can help as well.
Enjoy a Snack or Two
Another way to increase body temperature is to indulge in a few snacks. The process of breaking down food inside your body is something that raises body temperature.
So, in addition to your quick movements throughout the day, you can also munch on a few extra things. Foods that take longer to digest can have a prolonged impact on your body temperature. Some great options include bananas, sweet potatoes, ginger tea, peanuts, and brown rice.
The best part is that most of these are also very nutritious, so it's a win-win for your body!
Stay Warm on Cold Days With the Right Winter Accessories
Well, there you have it! With the right accessories, a few good snacks, a heating pad, and several layers, you should be set to stay warm on cold days through the winter.
Now all you need to do is find the right accessories to get your bed and bedroom cozied up for the next few months. Here's where we can help.
Have a look at our wide range of premium quality bedding, guaranteed to keep you warm and toasty all winter long! If you're unsure of which product is more suited to cold weather, do get in touch with us, and we'll be happy to advise you.