Updated: Aug 24, 2020
#1 . FREEZING COLD WATER:
This one seems counter intuitive, but it works!
In the morning shower, have the normal hot shower for washing, then for the last 30 seconds - or 15 or 60, whichever you can tolerate, blast only cold water all over your body! If you can, turn slowly in circles so the water runs evenly over front and back of your body- & breath deep in-out-in-out, like puffing - if that makes you feel unsteady though, just stand still and let the water fall over you.
It's is a bit WimHof-y* but it's about getting warm as well as many other benefits you may get.
If you can't do #2, then definitely do this one.
It’s SO HARD! And you might squeal and carry on, but the second you turn off the shower, a RUSH of heat courses through your body and your whole system is FULL of fresh alive blood which heats you up! You feel SO INVIGORATED and ready to charge into the day. TRY IT. Just once…if you love it, it might take a week or so to become a habit because there's so much resistance to the cold, but then it’s so worth it.
SideNote// If standing your whole body under the cold water is just TOO terrifying and distressing, then just stand back from the water stream, turn the cold water on and just put your face under for 15 seconds (then breath & try another 15 seconds). This alone will make you feel so alive and fresh for the day.
*Wim Hof is Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. He believes , & has proven, that cold water immersion gives you increased energy, better sleep, heightened focus & determination, improved sports performance, increased will power, reduced stress levels, greater cold tolerance, faster recovery, enhanced creativity, stronger immune system.
#2. MOVE MOVE MOVE! This one is so cliche, but MYGOSH it works! Going for a brisk walk first thing in the morning to get the oxygen flowing and the blood pumping is the key to being warm for the whole day. If you’re a morning exercise person you’ll know this, but if you’re not, then give it a try-the hardest part is getting out of bed a bit earlier n the cold, but her’s how you do it -
Lay all your walking clothes out the night before, including bra, socks and shoes and have them right near the bed.
Just as you’re going off to sleep, say to yourself - I am getting up early tomorrow to go for a walk. I will get up as soon as I wake up. (this is key in making sure you don’t snooze or talk yourself out of it because it’s too cold).
Then go. Just walk. Anywhere. Even if it's only 15 minutes. Swing your arms. Stretch your neck sideways, up and down. Then go home and do #1!
I’ve done the experiment, it works - every day I walk in the morning in 8 degrees and then I’m warm all day. When I don’t walk, my feet and hands are freezing all day...unless I fix it with #3!
#3 . HAIR DRYER: Sitting still = your hands, face (nose!), feet, legs-body parts, get icy cold and no matter what you do you can’t warm up (except your midriff, because you’re wearing your belly warmer and that’s keeping that area sorted!) …
Quick solution. Grab the hair dryer and blast that hot air onto the cold area - at your face (so good!), lift up your shirt, point it down your pants, take shoe off blast into the sock! …hold for a good minute or so, then move to the next cold area… it works brilliantly and it’s instant.
If you’re at work, use the hand dryers, they’re great - hopefully you have the old style nozzle that flips up and down..bit hard to shove your face in those Dyson quickblast ones though!
SideNote// for hands, another quick fix while you’re in the bathroom is hold your hands under hot water for a few minutes.
#4 . BELLY WARMER: of course! Categorically THE BEST WINTER clothing hack.
A (Grandma said) belly warmer / haramaki / kidney warmer / belly band - whatever you want to call it is unlike anything out there in terms of clothing to help keep you warm. It’s the most unassuming little underWear garment, but it is unequivocally the winner for keeping your core warm and thereby your whole body.
You can kind of cope if your legs are a bit cold, or your arms, and your face, but when your body / trunk area is cold, it’s super debilitating and uncomfortable. Never happen with your belly warmer on...if you’ve worn one, you know what I mean ;) SideNote// Because Grandma said belly warmers are made with organic cotton, they're also good for you and good for the planet. And they're really comfy too.
NOW GO FORTH AND BE WARM THIS WINTER !