Never mind Winter is coming, it’s well and truly here! The frosty mornings are back, but luckily the conditions aren’t as bad as previous years… yet. With this in mind, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for whatever Winter may throw at you.
Here’s a few tips to get you through the festive season:
- Keep your food cupboards and freezer stocked in case you can’t get out to purchase fresh food.
- Keep a supply of salt/sand mixture to grit any paths or steps around your house.
- Order any prescriptions in plenty of time and make sure you have enough to last you, remember you might have to wait longer for your next one.
- Always keep a torch handy with full charge/fresh batteries in case of a power cut.
- Keep a laptop, tablet or mobile phone fully charged in case of a power cut. You may need to contact someone, but it’s also a good way to beat boredom.
- Keep a supply of simple medicines and remedies in the house. If you get ill, you won’t need to brave the cold to get to the pharmacist.
- It’s a good idea to have your heating system serviced once a year before winter sets in.
- Dress in multiple layers and always wear warm shoes or boots. A few thinner layers are better than one thick one and fur lined boots are especially cosy.
- Try to keep active. Go for a brisk walk in the crisp winter sunshine, just remember to wrap up and keep your face and hands warm.
- Keep busy. Winter can be a lonely, depressing time, but filling your days with various activities will make the time fly by. Try your hand at a new hobby like crochet or knitting, or practice some mindfulness with a colouring book and some pencils.
- Make sure your bedroom is between 18 and 21 degrees for the best night’s sleep and wear warm pyjamas in bed. Add an electric blanket, wheat sack or hot water bottle if you still feel cold. Fleece sheets and pyjamas are also a good option if you want to be really cosy.
- If you are driving, always keep a survival kit in the boot. Include water, sleeping bags, some non-perishable food and a torch. You never know where and when you might break down.
As well as the essential survival tips, try these heat saving hacks to see if you can avoid putting the heating on full blast just yet:
- Close the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in.
- Keep the bedroom window closed at night.
- Use draught excluders around doors and anywhere with cracks - rolled up towels work just as well.
- Close the front door when loading/unloading the car.
- Have a supply of blankets in every room of the house so you can instantly get cosy.
- Have a hot bath with Epsom salts before bedtime.
- After cooking, open the oven door and allow the heat to circulate the kitchen and surrounding rooms.
- Place aluminium foil shiny side up behind radiators to reflect the heat back in to the room.
- Try adding some spice to your cooking to warm up from the inside out.
- Reposition furniture so it’s not blocking any radiators. When the heating does come on you want to feel the full benefit!