Winter Heating Oil And Beyond: A Quick Guide To Keeping Warm

Winter heating oil, woollen blankets and everything in between can help you stay toasty.

When you’ve had a tough day at work or you’ve had an incredibly long week, the last thing you want to do in the evenings is shiver into your bedsheets. What you’d really love is to comfortably sit on your sofa watching a good film with your little ones. How do you even manage that at one of the coldest times of the year? Well, thankfully, we live in the modern age.

There’s so much on offer these days. In fact, there’s so much out there claiming to make your life much easier and your home much warmer. But, what and who can you trust? Sometimes, the simpler things in life are the ones that work best. From winter heating oil to doing a few minor jobs around the house, you can be well on your way to a happy, cosy household.

By teaming up with Rix, providers of home heating oil in the UK, we’ve put together a handy guide to keeping warm this winter. It’s not only incredibly important to stay comfortable for your health, but there are some great ways to save money in here too. You can’t lose!

Think about your main heating source.

We couldn’t start off the guide without getting the essentials covered first. Sometimes, you might find that your main heating source isn’t really helping you out. You may wake up to a chilly house, even though you set your thermostat correctly. You might also have realised that your main source of heating is costing you much more than you originally wanted, and it is now something you can no longer afford.

Thankfully, home heating oil could be your saviour. It’s a quicker, more efficient way to heat up your home, and is stored in an outdoor oil tank. You can top up your tank when needed, but heating oil lasts much longer than any other types of energy. It can even be reused again and again; much better for the environment!

If you go for heating oil as your main heating source, you’ll also get expert oil boiler servicing from highly experienced and fully qualified engineers for added peace of mind.

Seal up any draughts.

A common reason why you can’t retain much heat in your home is because you’ve got a few gaps in your windows or around your doors. Before you make the switch to winter heating oil or before you opt for other ways to heat your home, you need to make sure you don’t lose any of that hard-earned heat.

Something as simple as holding your hand up to your window seal to feel any slight breeze can give you a good idea of where your draughts are coming from. These can easily be fixed by using weather-proofing strips or re-sealing. Also, prevent draughts from underneath your doors internally by purchasing yourself a draught excluder. Putting these measures in place will make all the difference.

Double glazing and insulation.

These days, the majority of homes have double glazed windows. However, if yours aren’t double glazed but you’re not in a position to make the change financially, then there is a solution. Some DIY stores stock secondary glazing film which you can put onto your windows for that double-glazing effect.

It’s also very important to ensure your home’s loft and walls are insulated too. In doing so, you’ll ensure the heat you’ve managed to keep inside is reused again and again. Some companies can offer insulation services for free or at a discount, so it’s worth looking into to find out.

Stock up on warm drinks.

Seriously, grabbing a warm drink or two on those cold evenings can make one big difference to your body temperature. Even the kids too! Pour everyone a cup of hot chocolate or some coffee for the adults and sink into a blanket covered sofa. You’re never too old to build a blanket fort, right? As well as warm drinks, a hearty evening meal that fills your stomach will always warm you up and increase your body temperature.

Look after yourself.

On top of sealing your windows, opting for winter heating oil or closing your curtains in the evening to preserve more heat, you need to look after yourself too. Instead of grabbing your biggest jumper when the temperatures plummet, piling on the layers will keep you much warmer.

Go for woollen materials both in your clothing and in any blankets you have around, as well as adding an extra sheet or cover to your bed during the winter months.

Winter heating oil and more to help you keep warm.

Getting the basics nailed on the head will help keep you as comfortable as possible during the cooler months of the year. By rethinking where your main source of heating comes from and for making some small changes day to day, you’re well on your way to a warmer, more comfortable winter.

This post was in collaboration with Rix, heating oil and fuel providers for homes and businesses across the UK. For more information about what they offer, visit their website: https://www.rix.co.uk.

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Falling back in love with the skinny jean

After having Freya a whopping 16 months ago now, I really struggled with the fact that it took me 4 months to get back into my skinny jeans. I’d seen other Twitter mums talk about how they’d got back in their pre-maternity jeans a mere 10 days postpartum and felt a bit of a failure when it took me 4 months and even then I was sucking my belly in.

When I finally came to terms with my new body shape and realised that I did in fact need to go up a jean size, I struggled to find pairs that I felt comfortable in due to still having a wobbly stomach. I’ve tried on countless pairs in different stores and numerous times walked out empty handed.

I can now count on one hand the number of jeans I own which include a few pairs of black skinnies and a pair of boyfriend jeans (which despite being a size 10 like a pair of my black skinny jeans and from the same high street brand; require me to squeeze my belly in!!) Most recently I got sent a pair of high waisted skinny jeans from Fredafunk and I didn’t actually grimace at the sight of my butt squeezed into them.

*gifted jeans from Fredafunk*

I’m slowly learning to love my shape and dress it so that I feel comfortable. I’ve definitely fallen into a trap of wearing skinny jeans but baggy jumpers/t-shirts in a bid to hide the fact that my stomach is still wobbly. I chose the leopard print blouse above because it’s lovely and loose but looks great tucked into jeans. I think the print helps to flatter that area of the body and doesn’t focus the eye on area’s you might not be as comfortable with; like my hips!

Our bodies are incredible things and the fact that I grew a human for 9.5 months always amazes me. Now it’s time to carry on re-inventing my wardrobe and find some staple pieces that work for me.

Laura x

*Jeans were gifted, blouse was purchased by my own money*

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How to Stay Well in the Workplace

Many hardworking professionals often find it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as they believe they don’t have the time or energy to hit the gym, prep healthy meals, or to effectively destress.

Unfortunately, this mindset can lead to both physical and mental health issues, which can impact your personal life and career performance. If you want to safeguard your health in 2019, find out how to stay well in the workplace.

Eat Sensibly at Work

Most professionals complain it’s difficult to eat healthily, as they’re up against tight deadlines and juggling tasks each day. It might, therefore, feel easy to grab some junk food from a vending machine or indulge in the office’s calorific treats. It is, however, important to your health and happiness to exercise some self-control.

Almost everyone has time to pack a salad and fruit for lunch. Plan a healthy meal the night before, so you can grab it from your refrigerator before you head into work. The healthy lunch will provide your body with energy and fuel to make it through the working day and can prevent you from piling on the pounds.

Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

Are you guilty of drinking copious cups of coffee throughout the working day? If so, it’s time to reduce your caffeine consumption. Drinking too much coffee will not only ensure you’re wide awake at night, but it can also cause headaches, irritability or anxiety throughout the working day.

If you need a hot drink to get through the working day, opt for:

  • Decaf coffee or tea
  • A low-calorie hot chocolate
  • Herbal teas (chamomile, peppermint, green tea, etc.)
  • Hot water with lemon

Don’t Accept Work-Related Stress

While every career comes with some variety of stress, it should not cause insomnia, nausea, weight loss, or panic attacks. Believe it or not, unrealistic deadlines, constant scrutiny and/or workplace bullying are not permitted in any UK workplace.

If you have spoken to your employer about work-related stress and they do not attempt to adjust your environment, visit www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk to learn more about a work-related stress claim.

Be Hygienic

Good hygiene can help you to remain healthy at work. As a workplace can be a breeding ground for bacteria, you should keep a bottle of hand sanitiser either on your person or at your desk, which can reduce your likelihood of developing a colleague’s illness. Also, inform your manager if you notice a co-worker is unwell, which will allow them to recuperate at home while preventing an illness from circulating throughout the workplace.

Track Your Water Consumption

It’s easy to lose track of how much water you have drank throughout a busy working day. However, it’s important to monitor your consumption to ensure you drink enough to remain both active and hydrated.

If you don’t, it could lead to dehydration, which could cause feelings of sluggishness. Buy a water bottle that accurately tracks how much water you are drinking, and eat fresh fruits with a high-water content to banish both hunger pangs and dehydration.

Laura x

*Collaborative Post*

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