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Tips on coping with cold weather

Hot food and drinks

I’ve found it really helps to have big mugs for drinking hot drinks. Little dainty cups are fine, but a big mug/bucket of tea means I can keep both hands wrapped around and warm without making my fingers hurt. I refuse to let arthritis spoil my enjoyment of the most British of beverages!
Stacey, via Facebook

Hot soup, hot juice, hot socks and a hot water bottle! I’m 35 with inflammatory arthritis in multiple joints and these things certainly help me through the winter. Stay cosy everyone!
Hazel, via Facebook


I use a lightweight duvet as I have arthritis in my thumbs. It's very warm, despite its lightness, and I also use fleece blankets. I also layer feet and hands with as many socks and gloves as the day dictates, I don't care what it looks like as long as I'm warm!
Eve, via Facebook (Winter 2017)  

Layers! I'm all about layers at this time of year. I have numerous hoodies, jumpers, vests and socks on standby for when the cold hits. By the time the cold weather comes, fashion goes out the window!

I also make sure I have a couple of pairs of gloves, both fingered and fingerless, with a good wrist length for maximum coverage.
Claire, via Facebook

I wear extra layers and keep a hot water bottle and blanket downstairs. I also have a flannelette duvet cover and sheets, an electric blanket and fluffy socks and slippers.
Bev, via Facebook

Other tips

I have a neck hot-water bottle and a neck cowl. I have arthritis all over, but the neck is horrendous. In the past I've had three minutes on a stand-up sunbed, which crazily worked wonders.
Paddy, via Facebook (Winter 2017)

I use a vitamin D spray from Holland and Barrett and make sure I get my free flu jab.
Samantha, via Facebook (Winter 2017)

Book a deep tissue massage or any type of massage, get some heat packs, some water bottles, and a massage cushion.
Claire, via Facebook (Winter 2017)  

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