Preparing Your Home For A Healthy, Happy Winter
The nights are drawing in, and there’s a definite chill in the air. As clocks start to go back around the world, we prepare for the winter months ahead. Mindfulness teaches us to embrace the changing of the seasons and everything they offer. Being present in the moment has a positive influence on our overall wellbeing.
Many people love this time of year and everything it offers. They love the coziness and the idea of winding down. While for others, the thought of the dark months ahead leaves them feeling depleted and low. Whatever your take on the winter months, there are a few simple tips you can follow to ensure a happy and healthy winter.
- Simple Maintenance Checks
Before you settle in and fully embrace the concept of hygge, give your home a little TLC. Make sure it is ready to face rain, snow, storms and plummeting temperatures. A few careful checks will ensure you spot any underlying problems and could save you a lot of money. Address any serious issues first, such as foundation crack repair or roofing fixes. Then move to less pressing problems. This will avoid damage impacting on other areas of your home. Your pre-winter checklist should include the following.
- Check the roof and chimney for signs of damage.
- Ensure the gutters are free from debris.
- Make sure the drains are flowing freely, and there are no blockages.
- Ensure you have sufficient loft insulation, which will save you money on fuel bills.
- Bleed radiators and ensure they are functioning at full capacity.
- Have chimneys serviced and swept.
- Ensure heating systems are serviced and fully functional.
- Consider cutting any large or overhanging trees. Branches can snap under heavy snow or during storms and could damage your home.
- Fix any cracks in pathways which could be exacerbated by the bad weather.
- Insulate pipes to prevent freezing.
- Replace mats in entryways and invest in a boot scraper.
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Repair seals around windows and doors and check for draughts.
Let The Light In
During the winter months, many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This is due to the lack of sunlight. Many of us wake up in darkness and return home in darkness after work. If the lack of sunlight affects you, make the most of the available light. Open curtains and blinds to allow sunlight to enter. Spend time out of doors as much as possible. You could also consider investing in a SAD lamp.
Lighting candles, lamps, and fairy lights will add a welcoming glow to your home. Light some scented candles to contribute to the cozy ambiance.
Invite Friends And Family
Though much more time will be spent indoors, don’t isolate yourself. Humans need the company of others to feel safe, happy and fulfilled. So extend invitations to friends and family. Cook a hearty supper or bake some cakes. There’s nothing nicer than steaming mugs of hot chocolate while the rain beats against the window. Light a fire if you have one, gather together and enjoy the company.
Whether winter is your favorite time of year or you hate it with a passion, make the most of these months. Protect your home, cozy up and spend time with the people who matter most.
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