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winter-scene-400-200Winter is indeed here. With more long dark and cold days ahead, it is important to know what you can do to stay warm, happy and healthy over the coming months. talkhealth want to give you a few of our winter health and lifestyle hacks to help you out this winter. Further to that, we want to hear YOUR winter tips and tricks that you use during the colder months. Tell us in this survey what your number one winter tip is, and you will be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 25 breathalysers, just in time for Christmas.

And now onto the tips:
1) Using hand sanitiser to de-ice your car: Very often, we find ourselves in a rush to leave the house in the morning, but are met with an icy windscreen. If you’re without any de-icer, your trusty hand sanitiser may just do the trick. The alcohol will melt the ice leaving your windscreen free and clear.
2) Make use of that heat: After you have cooked dinner, your oven still retains heat for a little while. Rather than shutting that heat away, leave the oven door open and use the last of that warm air (just make sure it’s switched off first!)
3) Locating a mystery draft: Keep feeling a draft but can’t quite put your finger on where it’s coming from? Take a candle and run it around the edges of your windows and doors – when the flame starts to flicker you will have found your draft! Then you can get insulating.
4) Ditch the electric blankets for hot water bottles: Tired of getting into a cold bed at the end of the day? Pop a hot water bottle at the foot of your bed 30 minutes before going to bed. It will keep your bed warm until morning, without racking up a huge electricity bill right before Christmas (electric blankets – we’re looking at you).
5) Bed time preparation: When you get in from a long day in work, the last thing you want is to put on cold PJ’s. Pop your pyjamas on the radiator when you leave the house. If your heating is on a timer to come on by the time you come home, your PJ’s should be nice and toasty for you to slip on soon after getting home.

1) The power of vitamin D: Your body naturally produces vitamin D during the summer months when the sun is at its strongest. In winter however it tends to be in short supply. Vitamin D is important for good health, growth and for maintaining bone strength. Eat foods rich in vitamin D (Cod Liver Oil, Oily fish such as trout and salmon, wholegrain cereals, certain dairy products). If you fear that you might be at risk of being vitamin D deficient, please do remember to visit your GP for a test and some advice.
2) The dreaded cold sores: Winter weather can cause many of us to feel a bit run down. For those of us who live with cold sores, the winter months can be a breeding ground for the little blighters. If you do find yourself with a cold sore blister, this at home remedy could help. When it is developing phase, pop some used teabags into the fridge to cool. Put the cold teabags on your cold sore for around 30 to 45 minutes. The cooling sensation will lessen the swelling of the blister, while the moisture of the teabag will stop the skin from drying out and splitting, therefore avoiding the ‘sore’ part of the cold sore.
3) Green tea for flu: For many of us, winter is a difficult time for staying healthy. With bugs and sore throats and flu it’s hard to remain fighting fit. By adding a mug of green tea into your morning routine you could stave off any nasty bugs. As it is an antioxidant, it boosts your immune system, helping you fight off a cold quickly, or avoiding it altogether.
4) Get to bed early: Not a hack as such, but an important one to remember all the same. Those who get less than 7 hours of sleep a night are almost 3 times as likely to develop a cold. The immune system needs at least seven hours to sleep in order to stimulate the cells to protect against a cold. Get an early night to avoid the sniffles.
5) Wonderful wool: When out and about on a cold day, it’s not uncommon for people to go from one extreme temperature to another throughout the day. Central heating in work, on your commute and in shops can mean that you are freezing one minute and boiling the next. Ditch the cotton tops for a woolly top. Cotton tops can often stay wet if you sweat in them, which can lead to you getting a chill when you go back out in the cold. Wool absorbs moisture, including sweat, making it easier for the body to regulate its temperature.

Now over to you, tell us your winter life hack in this survey, and feel free to share it in the comments section below. 25 winners will be selected at random after the closing date on Wednesday 14th December – so don’t wait – get involved.



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13 Responses to Winter warmers: top tips to get through winter

  1. Mary Anderson

    Slip hand warmers into gloves before going out with the dog!

    Keep a flask with a hot drink in the car. You never know when you might need it!

    In bed cover your face and head with the sheet. This helps keep you cosy all night.

  2. Fiona Powell

    my winter essentials………….
    a warm fire, a woolen blanket, fingerless gloves, a wooly hat, a hot water bottle and a cup of fresh lemon and ginger tea, heaven!

  3. Brian Kemp

    I where a woolen hat which keeps my head nice and warm which I find gives me less headaches

  4. Caz

    I totally agree on the power of Vitamin D, but it’s worth having this checked out first. A rheumatologist tested my levels to find I was chronically deficient and needed a high dose prescription. I’d add hot chocolate, gloves (a must) and a nice snuggly blanket to add to your bed (unless you want to invest in a heated under blanket).

  5. Sharon Terry

    My Winter life hack is to stock up on a good, rich hand cream! Hands are exposed to everything and are often forgotten, so treat them to some special attention during the Winter.

  6. Linda brunsdon

    Instead of hot water bottles that can leak. Try wheat bags, they can bend around your feet put on an aching back lay over an aching shoulder.
    put a few in the bed to warm it then put anywhere you have aches.
    Pop in microwave for a few mins . Done!
    No dealing with hot kettles.

    • Linda brunsdon

      Try wheat bags, put a few in bed to warm, the put on shoulders, back, knees( as they bend).
      Pop in microwave( no hot kettles)for few mins. Done!

  7. Paul Nockolds

    Allow the dog to sleep on the bed so you can share bodily warmth

  8. jasmine clarke

    Keep your feet smooth, moisturised and warm. They dry out even more in the cold dry weather nad your hands lovely and toastie with gloves..
    Keep germs at bay to fight colds.
    Get some sunshine if you can daily and get out and keep moving, its so tempting to stay in on the sofa and watch TV but getting out can boost the endorphins and act as a cardio workout depending on how fast and far you go.
    Enjoy comforting winter food but still aim to stay healthy and balanced with your diet. 🙂 xxx

  9. Heather Binder-Pollard

    Make a hot drink with blackcurrant juice, honey, lemon, a splash or rum, whiskey or brandy and top up with boiling water. It’s so comforting and good for you too.

  10. Jayne Pickard

    Get out in the fresh air as often as possible, even if it’s raining, you won’t melt as my mum used to say!
    Laugh… Make light of anything and everything, it really does make you feel great even if you have nothing much to laugh at!
    I use thermal insoles inside my boots and wellies, I don’t know what it is about them, but they seem to make your feet feel colder than normal footwear. Even a little newspaper or cardboard does the same.
    If you feel down, don’t drink any alcohol, it’s a depressant. Pick up the phone and ring that daft friend or better still, go to a friend or neighbours house for a chat. Don’t know your neighbours? Go take a Christmas card and introduce yourself!
    Don’t ignore people when you’re out, smile, say hello, pass the time of day with them, you may be the only person they speak to that day and make them (and you!) feel great!

  11. Amanda Hurst

    Cut long sleeves from an old sweater or t-shirt, stitch one end up then half fill with uncooked rice, sew the other end closed. You now have cheap but effective bean (rice) bag which you can heat in the microwave. These are much better than a hot-water bottle’s because they wont leak and wet your bed.

  12. Joyce Willis

    Always wear a hat and scarf – they prevent falling body temperatures which make you more susceptible to viruses

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