As I have been mentioned before on this blog, the thought of winter and the snow that follows has always filled me with dread.
Last year I wrote about some ice cleats that I had bought which have definitely made winter a little easier for me.
- Avoid going out in bad weather
but if you do wrap up warm in plenty of layers, and wear a hat,
scarf, gloves and shoes with a good grip on the sole.
- Try to be active during the
day. Visit a local leisure centre or shopping centre if you can. If
you can’t get out then get up and move, as light exercise will
help to keep you warm.
- Make sure your heating,
radiators and boilers are serviced to reduce the risk of breakdown
in cold weather.
- Use a room thermometer. Your
main sitting room should be between around 18-21C (64-70F) and the
rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F).
- Have at least one warm meal
each day and drink warm drinks.
- Sweep the chimneys, in
preparation for winter.
- Set heating to come on before
you get up and switch off when you go to bed.
- Get snug
in bed with fleecy onesies,
socks, thermal underwear and a hat.
- Take care of elderly friends
and neighbours. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at
night, and they have supplies of food and medicines so they don’t
need to go out during very cold weather.
When you are young and have family around you, it is easier to think of just oneself when it comes to surviving winter but what your neighbours?
My street has many elderly people, my parents included, who all make the effort in winter to help out each other, but what about those who are more isolated? My mum was talking to an 83 year old lady on the bus the other day who told her that her neighbours never speak to her or offer any assistance and she was worried about the winter ahead.
It is important when winter arrives that we do not just think of ourselves. Clearing an elderly neighbour's drive of snow or offering to get some items for them in your weekly shop isn't a big encumbrance to you but can make all the difference to someone who is elderly and alone.
I will be actively doing this when the snow comes. If my mum lived alone I would hope that somebody would do the same for her. When the temperatures drop and the ground gets icy, we all need to take a little extra care and if that can be extended to the people around you, maybe the winter won't seem to long after all.