Winter is here and it’s blinkin’ cold!
I don’t do well with the cold weather and I swear I complain about being cold every second of winter. I’ve bought so many things over the years that help me survive the long winter months and the freezing cold weather and to make it more bearable.
Thank God for my heated blanket! I genuinely don’t know how I used to survive the winter months without a heated blanket. I love mine and I use it every single day in the winter because I find it so hard to warm up once I get cold and I’m always cold. You can buy them pretty much anywhere now. Aldi sometimes sell them in their special buys so keep and eye out for them there and you can buy them from LakeLand, Argos and John Lewis.
Microwaveable heat pack
I use my microwaveable heat pack every single day, sometimes multiple times a day. I have 3 different ones and I use them all but my favourite is a neck one I bought from Amazon. Most of my chronic pain is in my neck so I had to get a neck one because I use it so often. It fits perfectly around your neck and shoulders and it’s great for warming you up on a chilly day. You just pop it in the microwave for a few minutes and it will stay warm for a while. But if you don’t want to buy one, you could always make one yourself. They are cheap and straightforward to make you just need a few items and a quick search on Pinterest for a diy microwave heat pack and you’ll find instructions and patterns on how to make one.
Last year I invested in a Lumie Bodyclock SAD light. I have suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder for a few years and getting a light was something my GP recommended I buy. I was looking at just getting a light until I found this clock. I have a really hard time getting up in the morning but this alarm gradually wakes you up over time with the sunrise feature followed by an alarm. I honestly love my alarm. Its definitely not cheap but I think it’s so worth it. I try to sit in front of it for at least 20 minutes a day in the winter and in the summer I just use it for an alarm and bedside lamp.
Ive already featured some thermal socks in my chronic illness gift guide (check it out here) but my best friends bought me a pair of really thick thermal socks a while ago and I am obsessed with them! If your feet are always cold you have to try out thermal socks. They are a game changer and your feet will never be cold again. You can get different thickness ones so you can even wear some with your boots when you go out. No more cold feet!
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my heating pad. I’ve had mine for years and I recommend everyone with any sort of pain to get one. My sister has one for her stomach and my Nana has one for her back. It’s the greatest thing and it’s kept me so warm in the winter. A good hack for winter nights is to put your heating pad on under your duvet before you get into bed and you have an instantly warm and cosy bed.
Hyaluronic acid has been a must have for my skin over the last few weeks. I know everyone and their mother raves about how amazing hyaluronic acid is but I never thought I needed it because I don’t really have dry skin but I did buy a bottle in the summer to use once or twice a week to keep my skin hydrated. Fast forward to this winter and my skin is so dry! I’ve been using one from The Ordinary and I love it because its affordable and it comes in a glass bottle which is much easier to recycle than plastic . I use some every night on damp skin and it’s really improved my dry skin and my face looks so plump and healthy. If you think you don’t need Hyaluronic acid then think again because its something everyone needs to use especially in the winter and to help keep your skin looking youthful and glowy.
Fluffy dressing gown
A fluffy dressing gown is definitely a must have for the winter. If I could, I would own a different fluffy dressing gown (or robe if that’s what you prefer to call it) for each day of the week. I love my dressing gowns so much! My favourite place to buy cosy dressing gowns from is New Look, Asos, Debenhams and Next. Next actually have some amazing lounge wear and pyjamas at the moment so if you fancy treating yourself to something new I highly recommend you have a look on their website.
Thermal leggings and fleece lined leggings are the best. I have 2 pairs of black fleece lined leggings from Primark and I wear them almost everyday at home. They are so much thicker than regular legging so they keep you so much warmer. It’s great if you have chronic leg pain when you get cold and they are nice enough to wear out with boots and a big jumper.
Some may say a milk frother isnt an essential but they are wrong! There is nothing nicer than making yourself a nice coffee or hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Right now I’m obsessed with Cadburys hot chocolate powder (it’s vegan!) with Oatly milk. The tip is to mix your hot chocolate powder in with your milk in the milk frother. That way it stops the powder from settling at the bottom of your mug and the froth is also chocolaty. It’s delicious! My parents bought me mine last Christmas and I love it but it is a pain in the bum to clean.
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