Tips for Keeping Warm in the NYC Winter

It’s getting cold outside! Check out these tips for ways to stay warm and healthy as the temperature drops.

January 03, 2019 | HF Healthy Living Team

As the weather gets colder, it’s important to keep yourself warm! Here are some tips for fighting chills during the snowy season and staying warm during the NYC winter.

Bundle Up

Wearing extra layers of clothing can go a long way towards helping you keep warm. Double up on socks, wear a long-sleeve T-shirt under your sweater or coat, and put on tights or long underwear. When at home, use a thick blanket.

Since your body can lose a lot of heat through your toes, fingers, and head, make sure your hands and feet are covered and that you’re wearing a hat before you go outside.

Do you need some warm clothes for winter? Check out these New York City clothing closets, where you can find winter gear for low or no-cost, or visit a New York Cares walk-in center to pick up a winter coat. Find a walk-in center in your neighborhood here.

Eat Warm

Warm food and drinks can raise your core temperature and help keep your body warm. During the cold season, enjoy some hot tea, coffee, cocoa, and maybe this Turkey Vegetable Chili when you start feeling the shivers. A healthy diet helps keep your immune system strong and your body working the way it should, so go here for more healthy recipes to help keep you warm all winter.

Remember, although drinking alcohol may make you feel warmer, alcohol lowers core body temperature and can leave you more likely to get cold or sick, or to catch hypothermia. Drink alcohol only in moderation, and don’t drink if you’re going to be outside on a very cold day. Learn more about what happens in your body when you drink alcohol here.

Winter-proof Your Home

Keep the cold air out of your home by blocking drafts.

Use caulk, newspaper, or duct tape to fill any gaps or holes around your windows, and hang your thickest set of curtains to minimize the amount of air that can get through. Covering your entire window with plastic wrap can help keep cold out, too.

Use a door snake or a rolled-up towel at the base of doors leading to the outside to stop drafts from creeping in beneath doors.

Do you need help heating your home this winter? Apply for financial assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) from the City of New York here.

Recognize the Signs of Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a condition that occurs when your body loses heat more quickly than it can produce heat, causing your temperate to drop to a degree where your internal organs and systems can no longer work properly. Hypothermia is usually caused by exposure to extremely cold weather or water.

Because hypothermia can be life-threatening if left untreated, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs in you or someone else. Symptoms of hypothermia can be mild, moderate, or severe.

Signs of mild hypothermia include shivering, dizziness, feelings of hunger or nausea, quickened breathing or heart rate, confusion or difficulty speaking, lack of coordination, and tiredness. Signs of moderate and severe hypothermia include clumsiness, slurred speech, mumbling, confusion, sleepiness, shallow breathing, weak pulse, loss of conscious, and lack of shivering despite the cold (as hypothermia becomes worse, shivering stops).

If you or someone else shows signs of hypothermia or has been exposed to the cold for a long time without protection, call 9-1-1. If possible, go indoors, remove wet clothing, and try to warm up until help arrives.

Know Where to Find Shelter

If you need shelter for you or your family this winter season, New York has resources. If you’re a single adult, pregnant woman, runaway youth, or a member of a family that needs shelter and you are in New York City, apply here. If you live elsewhere in New York State, find housing here.


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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

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