Old Man Winter has already overstayed his welcome. Don’t you agree? Temps have been in the negatives, snow keeps piling up, the sidewalks are icy, and worst of all, all the best of the winter is already behind us (Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day). Right now, it might seem like a long stretch before March 20, that first day of spring we’re all waiting for, but your friendly senior living community in Belton has some great tips for staying warm and staying healthy and happy until we’re all getting a bit more vitamin D in our systems from those springtime walks.

Open up the shades and curtains. Sunlight is so important, and it can be hard to get enough during the winter months. Make sure to open up your shades and curtains whenever the sun’s out. It’ll help with your heating bill too. Sunshine will naturally warm your home during the day. Close them up again at night to keep that heat in, but during the day, don’t discount the mood-enhancing benefits of sunlight!

Buy some full-spectrum light bulbs. Seasonal Affective disorder affects a large number of people in the wintertime. One of the ways some doctors combat SAD in their patients is by suggesting full-spectrum lighting. It’s believed that full-spectrum lighting helps lift mood, improves mental awareness, promotes better sleep quality, and stimulates vitamin D production. There are light therapy lamps on everyone’s favorite all-purpose shopping website for under 30 bucks. These might be a good investment if you’re feeling blue!

Be like a cat; follow the sun. A south-facing window can mean lots of nice sunlight and warmth, so why not take advantage of it? Turn your couch to face the windows during the day or rearrange your day so that you spend time in rooms when it’s brightest there.

Stock up on socks. Cold feet make everything worse. Treat yourself to some extra-thick socks to stay cozy during the last of the winter. Another good way to keep your feet warm is change your socks halfway through the day. Dry socks are warmer socks!

Invest in a good-quality wool blanket. Fleece is floofy and soft, but it doesn’t breathe like a natural fiber. At first it feels warm, but eventually it can get clammy, which ends up making you more chilled in the end. Wool is a natural fiber that breathes and will keep you warmer over time. Even a small wool blanket over your feet will keep you cozy!

Binge summer movies. Caddyshack, Dirty Dancing, Stand By Me, American Graffiti, Mamma Mia, Grease, Weekend at Bernie’s, National Lampoon’s Vacation… heck, even Jaws is a summer movie. Hit the beach vicariously through a summer flick, and you might just warm up!

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