19 June 2016
6 Tips to Beat Winter
This is my first winter being back in the country (Wagga Wagga) after living almost 10 years in the NSW capital and all I have to say is, Sydney, you made me soft. I used to be one of those kids growing up in the country, who wore shorts to school in winter, and all year round footwear was optional, or if it was seriously rough terrain, maybe a pair of thongs. I was, and still am, a farmer’s daughter and we had a motto, ‘if you need a coat on, you aren’t working hard enough’. Now though, I feel the cold – I mean really feel it – and in the last 4 days we have had 4 frosts! You know what that means; temps have been below freezing; FREEZING! So it’s been thermal underwear, my fluffy Cheshire pink and purple bed socks (which have now been transformed into an all-day accessory,) PLUS a jumper I recently bought that was advertised as ‘perfect for use while skiing’. My socks, as much as I truly love them, aren’t great for the general public, so below are my top tips to keep warm this winter, at least until I get my thick skin back. Hopefully it won’t take too long…
I have never been able to rock a beanie, but desperate times call for desperate measures. After trying on what felt like 55 styles of beanies, berets and goodness knows what other knitted and crochet creations, I had found nothing that I LOVED and that looked right for me. Then in the mail, someone special had posted me a little winter surprise – a lumberjack hat – and with love at first site, it will now feature regularly in my winter wardrobe collection.
Lumberjack hat by Mine & Adeline
Now, when I think winter, I think massive jacket with a fur-edged hood, Eskimo style. You’d think that might be the way to go to keep warm, but in fact wearing layers of thinner clothing will keep you warmer as they trap body heat.
Seriously, go outside into the cold. Yes, it might be the last thing on your mind of things to do to warm up, but it really does help. As well as giving you a rush of mood-boosting endorphins, exercise will get the blood pumping around your body and, vitally, heat up your skin. Get your active wear on and get movin’!
Armed with a warm cup of hot chocolate, get Netflix on and catch up with your fav series and soak all the deliciousness in. Then please refer to tip 3… got to keep things in moderation, right?
Hot chocolate mix by Sweet Health
Let’s all warm up old school
Remember the fantastic little hot water bottle? Oh I loved my hottie when I was a kid. I didn’t have a gorgeous cover for it like you see these days, I had it wrapped in an old pillow case. There’s nothing better than heading to bed with a hot water bottle. The only down side is waking up with a cold one at your feet, then having to ninja kick like crazy ‘til it is evicted from your now toasty warm bed.
Hot water bottle cover by Sam and Charlie Designs
Did you know that if your feet are cold you feel cold over your whole body? So get those tootsies rugged up too. If you haven’t experienced the magic of wearing wool socks in the wintertime, now is the time to change that. Unlike cotton, wool is an excellent insulator. When it’s cold out your feet will be toasty and warm in your wool socks.
Wool socks by Red Sox
Is winter bitterly cold where you live? How do you survive? Share your tips below.
Meredith (a.k.a. “Honest Dave”)
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