Even if you’re staying indoors in your cozy room, getting older means that your blood circulates more slowly than it used to and you’re more susceptible to winter cold. Luckily, there are many easy steps you can take to make sure your body temperature doesn’t fall to levels that might be dangerous. Brightwater Senior Living has compiled a list of handy tips for keeping warm indoors during cold weather.
Check Your Windows
Even if your windows appear to be closed, there might be outside air getting in. You likely won’t notice this unless you’re standing right next to the window. Make sure your windows are firmly closed, and if you still feel air leaking in from outside, try covering the cracks with sealing tape. You should also try to keep your blinds closed when possible to prevent heat from escaping.
Keep Your Extremities Warm
You can lose heat through your fingers and toes more quickly than from other parts of your body, so instead of wearing just socks or slippers, double up and wear both. There’s also no shame in putting on a pair of gloves indoors to warm up your fingers.
Have a Hot Drink Handy
Delicious warmed beverages are some of the best parts of winter, and they have the additional benefit of keeping your hands warm. Drinking non-caffeinated beverages are also a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Hot herbal tea with honey or lemon is a great choice. You can also experiment with spiced warmed apple cider or hot cocoa.
Bundle Up Before Bed
When you’re asleep, it’s even more difficult to tell when you’re losing body heat. Wear a pair of thick socks and long underwear underneath your normal pajamas, and even if you already have a thick quilt, throw another blanket on top. You can also try using a hot water bottle under your feet.
It can be tempting to stay in your chair all day when it’s cold out, but you should make an effort to get up and walk around at least every hour. You can also stretch out and massage your limbs while you’re sitting down. Boosting your blood circulation is good for your body and will help you stay warm.
Make sure to try out some of these tips when the weather starts to cool. For more information on winter-related activities, check out the Brightwater blog.