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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?

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              Last Updated on November 11, 2019

              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

              Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

              To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

              Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

              1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

              Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

              Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

              To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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              2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

              Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

              If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

              Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

              3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

              Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

              Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

              4. Feed Your Brain

              Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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              This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

              Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

              Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

              5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

              According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

              Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

              Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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              6. Write it Down

              If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

              It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

              You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

              7. Listen to Music

              Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

              8. Visual Concepts

              In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

              Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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              Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

              9. Teach Someone Else

              Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

              Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

              10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

              Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

              So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

              Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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