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Published July 11th 2015
Antarctica called, they want their weather back
You may have heard, Winter is coming…
Actually Jon Snow, winter is here. With the cold snap well on its way to our sun kissed paradise it's time to prepare with a '15 things you can do to beat the winter chill' list.
1) First thing is first. Layer up! Wearing layers of clothing will keep you warm through the impending artic chill. The basic layering rules are that you need first a base layer, followed by an insulating layer which is the one that will protect you from the cold. Thirdly an outer layer like a jacket or coat to protect you from the wind, rain or snow…you know just in case you should ever want to build a snow man (I am sorry but I had to).
Don't forget to keep your beanie, scarf and gloves handy. To those who don't mind a little frost bite on your fingers if it means you can swipe your iPhone I have some good news. There are gloves for that!
2) Close your curtains and shades at night to keep the cold at bay but make sure you let the warming sunlight in during the day.
3) Keep any unused rooms closed. This will prevent cold air chilling the rest of the house. Block the bottom of your doors with rolled up towels to stop winter chill seeping into your warm home.
4) If your garage is attached to your house, keep the garage doors closed. Even though you have an exterior door to enter the house, keeping the garage closed is yet another barrier between you and that freezing air.
5) Stay active to increase your core temperature. Put some music on to help with the house work and really get moving, two birds one stone.
6) Check up on your loved ones, the elderly and any of your neighbours who might be vulnerable in the cold weather. Make sure they are warm and have everything they need.
7) If you can, bring your pets inside, they get cold too. If they can't be indoors make sure they are rugged up and sheltered from the icy weather.
8) So do you want to maybe… snuggle? Yep it's a perfectly good excuse; everybody knows heat is great way to keep warm.
9) When the temperature drops under 10 degrees you know its not the time to skimp on electricity. Make good use of your heaters or the fire place but just remember to keep anything flammable well away.
Your heater should be placed on a stable, level surface and away from any paper, bedding or curtains. Don't forget to switch it off when you are heading to bed or leaving the house.
10) No tub in your bathroom? Head to your nearest Sauna, it's a great place to relax and beat the chilly blues.
11) Is it just me or is Hot Yoga sounding pretty good right now? A Bikram yoga class can run about 90 minutes and is conducted in heat controlled room where the temperature is normally set at around 40 ºC. The heat will not only keep you warm but the class is good for you! I absolutely adore win- win situations, don't you?
12) You may have not noticed that we are not as thirsty in the cooler months but I am sure the increased trips to the ladies or men's room have caught your attention. Don't forget to drink water! You absolutely can dehydrate in winter.
13) A hot water bottle and an electric blanket are going to be your best friends. However they are the kind of friends that don't mix well. Water together with Electricity is a definite NO NO.
14) Cooking is a great way to keep warm. Not only will it warm up the air but the hot meal will warm up your tummy. Not much of a cook? That's ok, search the Weekend Notes catalogue of Cafés. Keep warm caffeinating or perhaps you would prefer a cup of tea, or a hot chocolate? No? One bowl of Chai tea coming right up.
15) Flannel sheets baby! Winter is the only time of year that flannel anything is ok. Seriously, the only time. Unless of course your name is Daniel and you live on a mountain with a fully grown beard.
One last thing, remember to wash your hands and avoid confined crowded areas. Who would have guessed that the cold weather would bring on the cold and flu season? Feel free to share these tips with your friends while I take out my hand sanitizer.