Don’t be fooled by the fact that October 2014 has been one of warmest on record. Sales of knitwear and coats may have suffered a temporary slump but that doesn’t mean you can afford to get complacent. Winter is on the way; and, unless you want to be caught cold, it’s best that you’re ready for its arrival. Here are some tips for enjoying the festive season and beyond.
It can be difficult to motivate yourself when it’s cold outside and the Christmas re-runs have just started. Nevertheless, experts recommend that you take at least twenty minutes of exercise three times a week, even during the winter months. Exercising increases your energy levels and can be a vital way of avoiding illness. At this time of year, a brisk walk is just as good as a run. Just make sure you wrap up warm. Why not invest in a pair of waterproof walking trousers to keep you dry during those squally winter showers?
Prepare your home’s roof
Winter can be a very harsh time of the year on your home. Clean the debris out the gutters as well as check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles that need replacing. Seal all areas of the roof including your chimney, skylights, and walks so that water will not damage your roof. Call in the experts at Precision Roofing Inc to come in and repair any damage to your roof.
Invest in the right clothes
Luckily for you, the unseasonal warm weather may just work to your advantage. There are currently a number of bargains available in high street chains, as retailers seek to boost sales of traditional winter clothing amid above-average temperatures. An equally good time to buy is the month of December when stores begin their winter clear-outs in preparation for the spring. Once you’ve chosen the best time to buy, it’s important that you purchase the right product. Invest in a proper coat, and if the skies are grey, why not make it a colorful number? The right footwear is important too. Choose a flat heel that decreases the chance of frostbite and prevents you from taking an icy tumble.
Drink (and drive) safely
With the holidays comes party invitations; lots of them! If you are unable to get a cab then make sure you either have a designated driver. A heavy night can leave you feeling devoid of energy. If you’re driving the day after, it’s best to avoid alcohol altogether: you need to be at your sharpest in order to adjust your driving style to changes in conditions such as rain, snow and ice. When conditions are bad, always consider whether you need to make the trip – and if you do, make sure you keep a survival pack with you at all times.
It’s the thought that counts
Christmas is a time of great joy but it can also provoke extreme financial stress. Plan your present buying in advance: the pressure of the last-minute yuletide rush can lead to hasty – not to say costly – decisions. Be realistic about what you can and can’t afford. Your earnings should exceed your outgoings. Remember that you don’t have to spend lots of money to make people happy.
The excitement of winter brings with it inevitable strains financially, physically and emotionally. Make sure you stay safe, keep healthy and have fun.