Depending where you are in the world, winter can be tough. In fact, according to studies, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is currently an area of growing research. Whether you’re feeling blue or just straight-up cold from the snow, here are some ways you can warm up during the winter months. With these tips, you’ll be soon seeing the delight in hot cocoa and warm blankets.
Update the Wardrobe
By updating your wardrobe with some toasty yet fashionable staples, you can go into the winter months in style and warmth. Whether it’s a cashmere scarf in Australia or a fleece jacket in Canada’s ski fields, a good wardrobe will last you for years to come. If you look after pieces like these, it’s unlikely they’ll need replacing as much.
Stock Up on Tea
With the cold weather comes an opportunity – drink as much tea as possible. While you’re in actual fact limited to three cups a day due to an ingredient called tannins, you can still enjoy a selection of breakfast teas, fruity teas and calming herbal teas. Winter gives you a chance to wrap your hands around a warm mug and enjoy the steaming beverage.
Put Your Running Shoes On
If it’s cold, get your body moving! Whether it’s going for a run, a walk or a swim at your local swimming pool, there are ways you can warm up the body and quite literally outrun the cold. Bonus points here, as this method gives you a solid hit of serotonin in the process, fighting off those winter worries all the more.
Sometimes your home is just a cold place. If you’ve bought a home and never updated the insulation or flooring, you could be facing a layout issue where the house becomes draughty. Heat transfer is also an issue in many older homes. There are certain ways around this depending on your home, so it is best to approach individual contractors asking for a quote. Some ways of solving the issue include installing a heating system, updating the flooring, installing glass insulation or renovating the layout entirely.
Live in a Warmer Climate
If all else fails, move to Australia! Not only do you get to enjoy Christmas at the beach – you also deal with milder winters and just a little rain. It might seem silly upending your life for the weather, and that’s why we’d recommend trying other methods before taking drastic actions – we’re just saying, people have certainly done crazier things! You should always do as much research on the suburb ahead of time, so you understand the location you plan to start your new life in.
Ultimately it is your responsibility to take control and focus on the little pockets of joy in a day. Staying warm in winter is easy with a few lifestyle adjustments, and a little pampering of the self. From investing in a cosy bathrobe to moving across the world, there is always something you can do to stay warm.