1. Layer up
Although you might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go, wearing layers of thin clothes will keep you warmer as they trap body heat.
2. Eat well and drink warm
While having a hot tea or coffee may make you feel warmer, it’s more to do with the caffeine. That is because caffeine increases blood flow to the skin. You may feel warmer as a result, but your body is actually losing heat. Alcohol has the same affect. Try sticking to decaffeinated or herbal hot drinks instead. Eating regular meals will also help keep you warm. Healthy hearty foods such as soup and stews are great for warming you up. Try to include carbohydrates in your dishes too. Porridge and soup are great winter-warmers.
3. Get moving
“When we are hot we increase the blood flow to the skin. That is why people get red when they exercise – because we are trying to release heat – so the blood flow to the skin increases and your skin feels warmer,” (Professor Taylor)
4. Stay social
Try to keep an active social life this winter to help keep the cold at bay and boost your mood.
5. Snuggle up
Save on your electricity bills this winter and get cozy with warm blankets instead. Maybe even dig out your hot water bottle, although you should never use it in bed when using an electric blanket too.