Shut yourself away from the world and hunker on down for the season. Here are 10 ways to feel cosy in the cold weather
1. The warmest, snuggliest jumper you can find
You know the one. It’s been sat at the back of your wardrobe all year long but the evening will come when it needs to be brought out and snuggled into.
2. A steaming mug of hot chocolate
You can’t cut corners here. It has to be the best quality hot chocolate you can buy. You deserve it. Wrap your cold hands around it and let it warm you up from the inside.
3. A film you can spend the evening with
Forget about work, your troubles and anything else. Switch the box on, and be transported to another country or another world while you cwtch up on the sofa. And don’t forget to bring your steaming mug of hot chocolate with you.
4. Make your room glow with fairy lights
Fairy lights really do make your room seem magical. The subtle lighting they provide will also make your room seem warmer, even if it’s cold outside. You can also twist and bend smaller microlights as the wire they are set on will hold.
5. A selection of cookies and biscuits
You’re allowed a night off every now and then. What better way of spending the night than with a few little tasty treats? If you have the skills to bake your own, it will leave your home smelling beautiful and your cookies will still be warm.
6. Light some candles
Lighting candles can add another dimension to your room. Embracing all the senses, candles will help you relax. The ambience they give off will also make your home look incredibly cosy.
7. Late night radio
Turn the TV off and turn on the radio. Lying out on the sofa with late-night radio on is a surprisingly good way to unwind. Our preference would be Classic FM but you may want to listen to something more contemporary. Late night chat shows can also be a surprisingly good way to take your mind off the day’s stresses.
8. A good book
There’s perhaps nothing cosier on a stormy autumn night than snuggling down with a hot drink and a good book. Autumn calls for comforting reads, spanning from old favourites and sweeping romances, to books you can dip in and out of in between naps. Pot of tea and a plate of hot buttered toast optional.
9. A pet
Pets tend to react to your demeanour and if you’re snuggled up tight, they’ll do the same. Pets have the added benefit of keeping you warm thanks to their fur. A recent survey of 1,000 British pet owners – 500 women and 500 men – found that 54 per cent of women preferred cuddles from their pet in bed. Just 38 per cent of men said they would prefer snuggling with pets rather than their other half.
Either way, there’s a very good reason that we keep pets and that’s so we can cwtch up with them.
10. Someone else
It could be your partner, family member or even a good friend. If you’re lucky enough to have any of those in your life, invite them over, get the fairy lights on, make some hot chocolate, put the radio on and serve up some freshly-cooked cookies. Cosy times are a lot more cosy when they’re shared!