15 Hacks To Beat The Cold And Not Freeze This Winter

Diply 3 Jul 2018

My apartment has two temperatures: freezing cold and boiling hot. Neither of which is really that great, tbh. Usually, I keep the heat off (gotta save that $$) and wrap myself in five blankets, a fleece sweater, and three pairs of socks. It works great until you have to go to the bathroom.

The cold weather is here to stay, and whether you live in sub-arctic conditions, or you're just experiencing a little bit of snow for the first time, it's pretty darn rough. Here are some winter hacks to get you through 'til Spring.

1. Flip the switch on your ceiling fan.  

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That little switch changes the rotation of the blades. In the Winter months, the blades should turn clockwise to push the warm air from the ceiling down to the ground!

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2. Go to bed warm by doing some jump jacks and push ups.

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According to this infographic by Try Life Made Simple, do a little exercise to warm yourself up just before you start to sweat. If you go to bed cold, you'll stay that way.

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3. Use a pool noodle on the bottom of your door to block drafts.

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I can actually hear the draft going down the hallway of my apartment building. I would never have thought to use a pool noodle to block the draft, but if it works, it works.

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4. Fall asleep with your favorite furrend.

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I actually do this all the time and it kind of works. Pets make great heating pad replacements for keeping you warm or helping with nasty cramps and aches.

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5. Layers are your best friend.

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Start with a base layer meant for keeping the warmth in, then pile on the layers. You might look like you're about to go climb Everest, but you'll certainly be toasty.

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6. Remember to eat!

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Your body burns a lot more calories when it's trying to keep warm, so that means it needs more calories too. So don't feel bad about that second helping of food you ate during the holidays, your body needs it.

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7. Take a hot shower, but don't drain away the water.

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According to Instructables, you shouldn't drain away the hot water from a shower. Let it cool down to room temperature to help warm and humidify your house first. Don't forget to keep your bathroom door open too!

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8. Open your curtains or blinds to heat your home with natural sunlight.

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While sunny days seem to be few and far between, open your blinds to let sunlight in when it does come peeking out. Not only will it warm your home, it'll warm that icy cold heart of yours, too.

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9. Have a cup of something hot.

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Whether it's water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, it doesn't matter as long as it's nice and hot. It'll keep your body warm on the inside, too.

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10. Pre-warm your bed before hopping in.

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Use electric blankets, freshly warmed sheets, or hot water bottles to get the temperature of your bed nice and toasty before jumping in. It'll make all the difference!

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11. Close the doors to rooms that aren't in use. 

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By keeping the doors to rooms that you aren't using closed, your heating unit is using less energy to heat a smaller portion of space. It'll also save you money on energy bills

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12. Cover your head and your feet! 

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You lose heat out of both your head and your feet really quickly. So make sure to wear a hat, and throw on a couple pairs of socks while you're at it!

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13. Use a towel, microwave, and plastic bag to make a hot water bottle.

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Put the towel in warm water, toss it in the microwave, and then place it in a plastic bag. Use another towel to keep it from burning your skin, and you've got yourself a DIY hot water bottle in a pinch!

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14. Wear pantyhose under your jeans.

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We all know that feeling when you wear a pair of jeans and it's just way too cold outside. If someone even touches your leg it feels like they slapped you with all their strength. Pantyhose will keep you warm with another layer, but is thin enough to pull a pair of jeans on top!

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15. Trick your automatic thermostat with something frozen.

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If you've got thermostat that only turns on the heat at a certain temperature, try tricking it with some ice or something frozen from your freezer. Learn how this works here.

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I am definitely grateful for this list of hacks to stay warm, are you?

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SHARE with a friend who is always cold, and LIKE if you're going to try a few of these yourself.

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