We’ve all been there – cold hands, shivering and ready to put on our woolly hats. With temperatures plummeting and the cost of heating draining our bank accounts, students are finding it hard to make ends meet.
Here are 10 ways to stay warm this winter without breaking the bank!
1. Keep Active
Going for a run increases your heart rate sending blood pumping around your body – keep the circulation going! Indoor exercises such as sit-ups or squats can help you fight the cold from the comfort of your room.
Fitness videos can be found online so you won’t even have to fork out for a gym membership this winter. Even 20-30 minutes of exercise a day will not only keep you warm, but it will make sure you stay healthy too.
2. Wrap up
Layers are your best friend. We’ve all got a cosy jumper in the back of the cupboard and you can double-up on socks to add an extra barrier against the cold. Fabrics such as wool and fleece give added protection against the icy winds and it’s proven that three smaller layers are more effective than one!
3. Warm drinks
A hot chocolate before bed will help you sleep despite the blistering cold outside your window and with deals on hot drinks this season, there’s no reason why you should go cold.
You can pick up 80 tea bags for just £2 at ASDA! Tea and coffee will not only give you a energetic caffeine boost, but will warm you from the inside out.
4. Switch between hot and cold in the shower
Warm water can be an instant relief from the chilly outdoors but exposing yourself to the cold every so often surprisingly has its benefits. It can increase blood flow to your skin, improve the body’s circulation and make you stay warmer for longer.
You may hate a cold shower but trust me, you’ll reap the benefits later.
5. Don’t eat out
Not only will you be saving the pounds on food, but you can indirectly warm up your home by cooking. Once you’ve finished using the oven, leave it open a crack so the warm air can be reused and disperse throughout the house. Slow cookers make great home-cooked meals without the effort – if you have one at hand there are plenty of recipes such as stew and casserole you can make in minutes.