Heating your home: By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18-21ºC) you can still keep your home warm and lower your bills. Set your heating to come on just before you get up and switch off after you’ve gone to bed. If it is very cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
Clothing: Wrap up in several layers of clothing, this will keep you warmer than one thick layer. Wear a hat; we lose most of our body heat through our head. Wear sensible footwear something warm with a thick sole and a good grip.
Food and drink: Heat up from the inside by eating hot foods such as soups and casseroles. If you live alone why not cook one big dish of stew and then divide it into portions to eat later or to freeze. This is also a more cost effective way of cooking as produce is usually cheaper if you buy in bulk. Drink hot drinks, if you struggle to carry hot drinks why not make up a flask and keep it by your chair.
Exercise: Keep active, especially if your mobility is restricted, there are simple chair exercises (click here to view a gentle exercise video created by the Connect Older People’s Strategists) you can do which will help to keep your circulation flowing, which in turn will help to keep you warm (remember to consult your GP or practice nurse about what exercise is safe to do).