It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter, nights are drawing in and the temperature is starting to drop.
There’s lots of different ways to help keep yourself warm and well this winter including how to stay steady. Here’s a few of the best tips from Staffordshire Cares, your source of advice for information and advice to live your life as independently possible. You can find more tips at www.staffordshirecares.info or talk to an advisor on 0300 111 8010.
Top tips for keeping warm:
Keep your home warm – it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health and Beat the Cold supports households, as part of active partnerships, in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Beat the Cold provides advice and information on fuel poverty, energy saving top tips and much more. Try to keep the room you’re in at a constant temperature of 21ºC (70ºF) during the day, and 18ºC (64ºF) at night. Remember to turn down the radiators to low in those rooms that you’re not using.
Keep active – Try to move around at least once an hour and don’t sit down for long periods of time.
Wrap up – Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Don’t forget to wear hats, gloves and scarves if going outside – however brief. If possible, stay inside during icy or windy weather, especially if you have heart or respiratory problems. If you do have to go out, avoid standing around in the cold.
Eat and drink – Make sure you have at least one hot meal a day and take regular warm drinks. Avoid alcohol when it’s very cold.
Stop draughts – Keep windows closed (even at night) and draw the curtains after dark.
In the night – Wear warm comfortable nightwear and put on a dressing gown and slippers if you get up in the night.