Warm up from the inside out: avoid cold foods and drinks. A cuppa hot chocolate, tea or coffee will help our bodies to get warm. Instead of salad, eat some cooked, warm veggies and, for in between, eat hot soups.
If you don‘t have a slow cooker yet, I would suggest that you‘ll buy one. I love to cook with it; during winter because it keeps the steam to a minimum and during summer because it doesn‘t heat up the kitchen so easily. You can use it to cook the soup/s and to keep them warm all day.
To keep your body warm when going outdoors, wear several layers of clothing and don’t forget the gloves and hat.
Get some extra blankets/throws for your home. I like the fluffy (fleecy) kind. During winter we use them on top of our mattress and sofas and as blankets. Our dogs got their own ones, too — they prefer to lie on them instead of on the cold floors. 😉
Hot water bottles: they are great for the cold season! When the evenings and nights are cold and the heater is already turned off, fill them up with hot water and place them in your bed under the duvet or snuggle up in a blanket that‘s warmed up by a hot water bottle.
In winter the days are not only colder but also shorter: the mornings are longer dark and it is getting dark early in the evening. I prefer a light-flooded home; you probably do to. Of course we don’t want to black out the rooms unnecessarily. However, especially during very cold days, drawing the curtain can help quite a bit. If we don’t want to spend a fortune on heating, we will have to choose: do we want more light or (more) warmth inside our homes. By the way, if you do get curtains, look for thermal or lined ones. They will be of good use during summertime, too.
Whenever the sun is shining, I leave the doors to the rooms that are on the south and west side wide open. That way there is not only more light but also cozy warmth coming into the rooms and the hallway.
But when it is really cold outside, I draw the curtains or even leave some of them shut all day, e.g. the one at the front door, or like the ones in our living room and offices.
Whenever the sun shines brightly, the temperatures in our sitting and living room can easily rise to 20°C, even up to 22-23°C. In the afternoon this will change and so I draw the curtains again, to keep the warmth inside our home and to avoid unnecessary heating costs.
During winter I prefer cozy heated rooms over daylight. Yes, at times this means that not much daylight is flooding into our home. That’s why we have bought daylight bulbs. They will make the rooms a lot brighter than the common ones:
The picture doesn’t show how well they do that. But if you look at the lamp you will see that the light ray is white and not yellowish. The bulbs aren’t that cheap but they are well worth getting for winter.