It is much easier to STAY warm than to GET warm after you are cold. Here are a few things you can do to help make the cold more tolerable.
- Yes, really – and add some Epsom salts. The magnesium does wonders for sore muscles. Bring a book with you, light a candle, relax as much as you can. Showers are useful if a bath is not an option. Whirlpool tubs are great, too!
- It's best to have clothing that you can take off if you get too warm. For many of us, clothing can hurt or itch, so avoid those. Soft t-shirts, flannel, silk, and brushed cotton are all excellent choices for tops. I like a t-shirt and another shirt or sweater, plus a cardigan or sweatshirt. For the bottom half, try fleece leggings. Sweatpants and yoga pants are great options; add long underwear when it's frigid. Don't forget socks and slippers! Fuzzy socks and cozy slippers can go a long way to help keep your feet warm.
- Stretchy gloves are not expensive, and they are softer and more flexible than many costly options. Buy a few pair and keep some in every coat, jacket, and a spare pair in the car. Wear them whenever you go outside, for driving, walking, shopping, even checking your mail. While we're on the subject, wear a hat – a real hat, not earmuffs, or a headband. Invest in a warm cap and wear it. Heat really does escape through your head.
- It's easy to slip on snow or ice, so invest in a pair of snow and ice grips* that fit over your shoes. These are designed to prevent slipping and are well worth it.
- Hot drinks help warm your body naturally and are comforting, so drink coffee, tea, and on a cold day. Hot soups, stews, and casseroles are also warming. Oatmeal is a delicious, healthy warming breakfast, as are eggs or toast. Add warming spices like cinnamon and ginger to improve circulation and help warm you.
- Soft throws are less irritating to the skin than heavy blankets. Flannel, microfiber, or brushed cotton are amazingly soft and comfortable. Throws are cozy in a favorite chair, couch, or in the car.
Cold weather can aggravate fibro symptoms, so stay inside on bad days if possible, and do the best you can. We will get through this, and spring will return!
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