Curl up and keep and cosy with our top seven tips for staying warm all the way through to the new year – some of them might surprise you…
1. Switch between hot and cold water in the shower
Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation between your skin and organs, which make sure once you warm up you stay warm. Not only that, but cold showers are linked with having a stronger immune system too.
2. Get your bake on!
Using your oven heats up the whole house. You'll feel even cozier if you invite friends (and all their extra body heat) over to eat cakes, biscuits and other baked treats in front of the telly!
3. Eat more ginger...seriously
No, this is not a wind-up – eating ginger and other ‘hot’ or warming foods, like chillies and other spices gets your blood flowing and warms you up.
4. Go easy on the booze
Nothing beats a hot toddy or a soothing mulled wine, and while a warm drink will raise your temperature and help you withstand a chill, that doesn’t work with alcohol as it actually drops core body temperature.
5. Embrace time spent upstairs
A simple one but the reasoning for it is purely scientific. Since heat naturally rises, the top part of your house will always be the warmest (as long as you haven’t left a window open of course!), so stay up stairs as much as possible.
6. Keep your doors closed
And not just your front door either. Making sure all the doors in your home are closed, especially the rooms you’re in, make that room another barrier between you and the chilly outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss.
7. Light candles and keep cosy
An oldie but a goodie – candles are an excellent addition to anyone's home, for more reasons than one. Not only do they provide natural light and heat, candles add ambience to your home...but just make sure to remember to blow them out before you go to bed.