Top Secret Hacks For Winter Survival
by Tracey Pollack
When winter weather blows in, we all struggle with feeling cold and suffer from catching colds. This makes it very tempting to hunker down and hibernate until the spring arrives. If you think you can’t hack it, think again. Turn to these helpful and handy hacks to stay warm and well for the remainder of winter.
Cozy Up to a Cup of Hot Chocolate
Did you know that hot chocolate was used as medicine from the 16th to 19th centuries? In fact, when chocolate appeared in France during the 17th century, it was used to soothe bad moods and anger. Those French were onto something because modern research has shown that chocolate can actually lower your levels of stress hormones when you’re worried or frenzied. Additional research has found that chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent many heart disease, age-related macular degeneration and aging by fighting free radicals in the body. And the “hot” in “hot chocolate” not only warms you up, but also amps up chocolate’s benefits because heat releases many more antioxidants.
Put Cold Sheets to Bed
On a chilly night, there’s nothing like getting into a nice, warm bed. But winter weather can leave those toasty thoughts completely out in the cold. Yet all that warmth can still be yours if you have a hot water bottle. Just place the bottle beneath your sheets before getting into bed. Once you snuggle under the covers, the bed will be wonderfully warm and this cozy comfort will last all throughout the night.
Cook Up Some Healthy Warmth
Why drive on dangerous roads and get bundled up to eat out when your kitchen is steps away? Winter is the perfect time to start making more meals at home and it dishes out plenty of benefits. For one, cooking and baking heats up your whole house to help you feel nice and cozy. And eating in more than dining out lets you make healthier choices and avoid heavy meals. Plus, spending hours cooking and baking will keep you very active, which will help you stay warm and sneak in some healthy exercise. So roast, toast, bake and broil to your heart’s content and let your kitchen serve up the warmth and health you need to survive the winter.
Take Your Ceiling Fan for a Spin
No, we’re not full of hot air — but this crafty house-warming hack is! See, your ceiling fan usually spins counterclockwise to move air down through a room and make you feel much cooler. But during the winter months, warm air naturally rises to the ceiling and leaves you shivering down below. By setting your fan in reverse to spin clockwise, you’ll pull the cooler air up toward the ceiling and bring the heated air down below to help warm you up in the room.
Tumble Into Warm Clothes
Get that fresh-from-the-dryer warmth whenever you change your clothes. Just put your socks, pajamas, tops and pants straight into the dryer to whirl around in the heat for a few minutes. When you open the dryer door, your clothes will come out warm, toasty and cozy. And they’ll make you feel that way from the moment you put them on.
Make An Active Effort at Home
Staying active around the house can help you stay warm and healthy all winter long. Along with making you feel toasty, moving around can give your immune system a boost and keep the winter blues away. Use your time indoors to move around as much as you possibly can. Vacuum the floors. Clean out your closets. Or turn on some music and dance. Adding activity to your days can help you happily survive the season.
With these clever and crafty secrets for staying warm and healthy, it’s a snap to weather winter.