I wrote MS and Cold Weather Don’t Mix last winter and was quite surprised how little information there is about multiple sclerosis and the cold. There is more, but not tons of information about the affects of warm weather and multiple sclerosis. Luckily, I seem to feel my best in the warm weather.
2015 is proving to be another cold winter for much of the United States. Instead of complain about it, I ‘ve decided to prepare for it and not let it slow me down (too much).
Here are five tips for everyone to stay warm this winter.
1. Invest in a warm coat. Sounds obvious, but at 37 years old my mother had to take me to the store and buy me a lined, warm, wind resistant, water proof awesomely warm coat. (It is worth the high price tag if your mom won’t/can’t pay for it.)
2. While you are buying the coat add on a warm hat and gloves. (Mom also made sure I got a hat.)
3. Boots and socks. This is not the time for your thin little Target socks and cute boots. Chicago weather requires heavy wool socks. My toes notice the difference. Same with boots – I am on my second winter with mine and although clunky, do a nice job of keeping my feet dry.
4. Heating Pad. As I write this I have a heating pad on my legs. Sometimes I move it to my feet, but it is a helpful way to warm up my body. There are many variations, plus these portable hand warmers are good if you will be outdoors.
5. Warm Beverages. Drink coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider or any other hot drinks. It is incredible how much they heat up your body from the inside out.
Does the cold bother you? Do you have tips to stay warm this winter?