Here are eight tips for keeping warm in the winter from Jayne, our Cardiomyopathy Specialist Nurse:
1. Stay in the warmth
Keep your home warm and try and keep the temperature indoors close to 18°C, wrap up warm and stay cosy whenever you can.
2. Keep moving
When you are indoors, try to move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting in one place for long periods of time. When the weather isn't so chilly, consider a short walk to get some vitamin D.
3. Stick to hot food and drink
Have regular hot meals and drinks. This will provide your body with the energy it needs to keep you warm and well.
4. Wrap up warm
Wrap up warm in extra layers of clothing. Heat is easily lost from your head and neck, so make sure you wear a hat and scarf when going outside.
5. Don't overheat when outdoors
Try not to become too hot when you are outside. If you notice that you are sweating, your blood vessels can dilate, causing a drop in blood pressure. If this happens go indoors and remove your outer layers to allow your body to cool down.
6. Prepare for the weather
Besides cold temperatures, wind and rain can also affect body heat. Wind can remove the layer of warmer air from around your body, which can cause the body to lose heat quicker than usual. Damp or wet conditions can also cause your body to lose heat faster, so make sure you check the weather and dress appropriately.
7. Seek medical advice if you become ill
If you feel like you may be developing a cough or cold seek advice early you can get advice from your pharmacist or GP.
8. Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours
As well as protecting your own health, try to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours during cold weather to make sure they are keeping well.
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