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6 Vintage and Energy-Saving Ways To Stay Warm This Winter

6 Vintage and Energy-Saving Ways To Stay Warm This Winter

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. It’s important to keep yourself warm during these unbearably chilly months. While central heating is a fantastic way to heat up the home, there are other more old-fashioned ways of staying warm, that will not only save money, but energy too. Here are six vintage ways to keep yourself warm inside and outside the home this winter.

1. Draught excluder cushion

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    These long cushions are perfect for stopping pesky, chilly winds from seeping through door cracks. Draught excluders are inexpensive, often come in very cute designs and are good way to keep the home insulated. According to the Energy Saving Trust, they can save you between £25 to £50 a year! And what’s more, draught excluders also help stop spiders and other creepy crawlies from getting into the home.

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    2. Hot water bottle

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      Hot water bottles are one of life’s greatest inventions. A hot water bottle, also known as a “hottie”, is a rubber container filled with boiling water that you place on your bed to warm up, or a part of your body that is extra cold. Most people use a fluffy or knitted cover on their bottle to keep it soft, there are hundreds of designs to choose from.

      Heating the bed has been a practice since the 16th century, back then coal embers were used. Not long after that, hot water bottles made of materials such as copper and zinc came into existence. It was in 1903 that the first “hottie” made from rubber or PVC was introduced to the world.

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      3. Drink something hot

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        A soothing hot drink will warm you up from within. It takes just minutes to boil the kettle, or heat up some water in a saucepan. There are also a host of health benefits that come with drinking hot beverages. It helps to improve blood circulation, slow down ageing and detoxify your body. Hot drinks are best consumed in the morning, as they give your digestive system a good kick into gear.

        4. Layer up

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          The best way to stop yourself from catching a chill is to layer your clothes. Delve into your wardrobe and find your cosiest jumpers and thickest socks. If you’re wearing trousers but your legs still feel cold, simply wear a pair of tights or tracksuits underneath, no one will see the difference, but you will certainly feel a difference in temperature. Vintage shops and flea markets have an abundance of sweatshirts, jumpers, scarves and faux fur coats available at incredible prices. Look stylish whilst staying warm.

          5. Insulate your home

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            It’s the small things you do that have the biggest impact. Make sure you close your curtains early in the evening to keep the heat in. Also, close all doors around the home, this way the warmth will stay in each room and be more condensed. If you have wooden floorboards, be sure to fill any gaps, laying down a rug would be a good idea too. Also, try wrapping your hot water tank in an 80 mm jacket. These steps are incredibly easy to do and will have an invaluable effect on the temperature of your home.

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            6. Get baking

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              Believe it or not, your oven is one of the biggest sources of heat in your home. If you’re feeling the chill, turn on the oven and do some baking. This will also raise your overall body temperature because you will be moving around the kitchen, whisking, stirring and hunting through all your cupboards for those elusive ingredients like salt and baking powder.

              And why not kill two birds with one stone, and prepare one of these 5 retro Christmas food and drinks, all guaranteed to go down as a treat with your guests, and offer them a memorable journey in time?

              Featured photo credit: spectator.co.uk via blogs.spectator.co.uk

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              How to Overcome Boredom

              How to Overcome Boredom

              Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

              I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

              If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

              What is Boredom?

              We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

              You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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              It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

              If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

              When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

              Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

              If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

              Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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              Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

              In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

              It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

              Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

              Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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              In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

              3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

              1. Get Focused

              Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

              You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

              Here are a few ideas:

              • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
              • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
              • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

              2. Kill Procrastination

              Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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              So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

              Here are some ideas:

              • Do some exercise.
              • Read a book.
              • Learn something new.
              • Call a friend.
              • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
              • Do a spring cleaning.
              • Wash the car.
              • Renovate the house.
              • Re-arrange the furniture.
              • Write your shopping list.
              • Water the plants.
              • Walk the dog.
              • Sort out your mail & email.
              • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

              3. Enjoy Boredom

              If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

              Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

              So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

              Final Thoughts

              Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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