10 tricks to warm up without switching on the heating

10 tricks to warm up without switching on the heating
  1. Bake
  2. Not only will the stirring and sprinkling of baking distract you from the nippy weather, the heat of the oven will instantly warm up your kitchen. Go for hot puddings or savoury pies you can tuck into straight away to keep the warm feeling lasting.

Reminisce: we all love a nostalgic trip down memory lane and now studies have shown that it’s also great for making you feel physically warmer. Dig out old photos, remember a childhood friend or stick on an old tune and let the warm glow of memories warm you right up.
3.    Be clever with your curtains: keep them tight shut during the evening as soon as it gets dark and then leave them open during the day to let the sunlight naturally heat your home.
4.    Think about breakfasts: it’s really important to start your day warm and well so at this time of year think about changing to hot breakfasts such as porridge, readybrek or warm pancakes with fruit.
5.    Watch a romantic film: watching loving and honest personality traits has been proven to warm you feel warmer so switch on the rom-coms snuggled under a blanket for a great winter treat. Watching or even visualising hot places could also make a difference.
6.    Choose your drinks wisely: whilst sipping on a hot drink is a great way of instantly getting warm, try to avoid too much caffeine which can actually make you cooler. You could try herbal teas or decaffeinated coffee in the day or hot milk just before bed. Try to avoid too much alcohol too. It may fool you into feeling warmer but will actually drain your body of heat.
7.    Get moving: it might be tempting cosy up under the covers when it’s chilly but getting up and active is a great way of raising your temperature. Run, dance, clean the house, do anything that gets your heart pumping and the warm feeling will last for 3-4 hours afterwards. Try stretching and shaking your arms and legs whilst you’re in bed too if the morning pull out of bed is becoming too much of a rude awakening.
8.    Be colour smart in your home: having warm colours in your home can help make your house feel cosier so bring in warm coloured throws, runners, rugs and cushions. Texture also adds an impression of warmth so layer things up with blankets to hide under. Using a dimmer switch or softer coloured light bulbs are better than harsh bright lights too.
9.    Keep your iron levels up: Low iron levels can leave you feeling even chillier so keep them high by eating a good range of red meats and green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus.
10.     Layer up from head to toe: whilst your woolly jumper may feel snuggly, layers are the way to go when it comes to keeping toasty. Be sure to wrap up in warm socks and a good hat too to avoid heat escaping.
11.    Try yoga: yoga is designed to heat you up from the inside with its stretches and exercises so a great activity to try when the cold bites.
12.    Leave the bath: there’s nothing like a hot bath to warm you up. Leave the water in the bath once you’ve got out to let the steam warm the bathroom for the rest of the evening.
13.     Shut that door: keep the doors shut to rooms you don’t use much as these will only add a draft to your home. If you do whack on the heating, make sure you switch down the radiator in those rooms you don’t use much too to conserve heat.
14.    Grab a friend: being with other people is a brilliant way of keeping out the cold and using your happy feelings to bring up your temperature along with your mood. Cosy up under a blanket if you’re close enough too for that added warm feeling.


Layer up from head to toe

Whilst your big woolly jumper may feel snuggly, layers are the way to go when it comes to keeping toasty. Be sure to wrap up in warm socks and a good hat too to avoid heat escaping. And if you're at home we've got some great cosy ideas for autumn loungewear.

Reminisce

We all love a nostalgic trip down memory lane and now studies have shown that it's also great for making you feel physically warmer. Dig out old photos, remember a childhood friend or stick on an old tune and let the warm glow of memories warm you right up. Thinking about warm places can also make a real difference so recall and relive holiday memories.

Bake

Not only will the stirring and sprinkling of baking distract you from the nippy weather, the heat of the oven will instantly warm up your kitchen. Go for hot puddings or savoury pies you can tuck into straight away to keep the warm feeling lasting. We've got lots of suggestions to try here.

Grab a friend

Being with other people you like is a brilliant way of keeping out the cold and using your happy feelings to bring up your temperature along with your mood. Cosy up under a blanket watching a romcom film (proven to reduce how cool you feel) for that added warm feeling.

Think about breakfasts

It's really important to start your day warm and well so at this time of year think about changing to hot breakfasts such as porridge, readybrek or warm pancakes with fruit.

Choose your drinks wisely

Sipping on a hot drink is a great way of instantly getting warm, but try to avoid too much caffeine throughout the day which can have an adverse effect. You could try herbal teas or decaffeinated coffee in the day or hot milk just before bed. Try to avoid too much alcohol too as this can fool you into feeling warmer but actually drain your body of heat.

Get moving

It might be tempting to cosy up under the covers when it's chilly but getting up and active is a great way of raising your temperature. Go for a winter walk, dance, clean the house, do anything that gets your heart pumping and the warm feeling will last for 3-4 hours afterwards.Yoga is also great for heating you up from the inside. Try stretching and shaking your arms and legs whilst you're in bed too if the morning pull out of bed is becoming too much of a rude awakening.

Be colour smart in your home

Having warm colours in your home can help make your house feel cosier so bring in warm coloured throws, runners, rugs and cushions. Texture also adds an impression of warmth so layer things up with blankets to hide under. Using a dimmer switch or softer coloured light bulbs are better than harsh bright lights too.

Leave the bath

There's nothing like a hot bath to warm you up. Leave the water in the bath once you've got out to let the steam warm the bathroom for the rest of the evening.

Keep your iron levels up

Low iron levels can leave you feeling even chillier so keep them high by eating a good range of red meats and green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus.