I Love Being Warm

I was pondering recently on how much “I love being warm.” It’s winter where I live and I was appreciating the care and the detail I take in ensuring that I am warm wherever I go and no matter what I am doing.

I often received comments such as, “You must be a cold fish,” but that is not entirely true. What I do love is to feel warm and toasty in the cooler winter months. I love how my body feels when I am warm, whereas my body does not enjoy being cold at all. Many years ago I was camping in Europe in winter and it was not a pleasant experience – I was literally cold to my bones. I found that being cold is painful to the body and it does hurt.

I love going out for a walk either in the morning or in the evening all rugged up and with no tension in my body due to being cold, and then be able to walk at the pace that I feel to, rather than pushing my body to warm up because I am feeling cold. Because I support myself in this way, going out for a walk in the cold remains an enjoyment rather than something I need to do.

It really is a beautiful feeling walking in the cold, without an ounce of cold in your body.

I am very meticulous in what I am wearing from the material in the scarf that I want to wear, to how thick do my gloves need to be, to do I need to wear tights under my trousers today, does my beanie need to cover my ears today? The detail in what I wear is everything.

Then there is the joy of my car seat heating. As my car seat warms I feel like I am being held snugly within the warm car seat. As with when I am out walking, there is no tension at all in my body as I drive off to work in the cool morning. My lower back is gently warmed by the seat, which supports how I hold the steering wheel and how relaxed my legs are on the pedals.

My electric blanket, my heated lower back/kidney warmer and my sheepskin lined boots are just additional beautiful touches that support my body to be comfortable in the cold and to be able to rest very deeply.

Because of how I feel when I am warm, I am very aware of how this can also support patients in my care. When I used to work night duty for example, I would leave the heaters on overnight in the bathroom so that patients getting out of a warm bed in the middle of a cold night would have a warm bathroom to go to. If someone was particularly cold I would also get a warm blanket out of the blanket warmer for them. I have often received comments by patients about how warm my hands are when I am touching them… I know this helps them feel more settled.

Now it may sound like an obsession, but it’s not. It’s actually about being very caring and nurturing with my body, and my body really does love it. When I feel warm I can feel the love in the way that I care for myself and how this supports me to be able to feel the delicateness in how I move my body. I feel snug, I feel warm, I feel very nurtured and deeply cared for. I feel loved and I am choosing this way for myself. Although I am choosing this for myself, the quality of the way I now care for myself makes all the difference in how I am with others.

By Jennifer Smith – Woman, lover of being warm, a nurse with warm hands

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861 thoughts on “I Love Being Warm

  1. I also hate being cold, I hate cold water, so if a swimming pool isn’t warm then I head for the steam room if there is one.
    I got caught out recently it was a warm day and I was going out to supper with friends and I felt to take a jacket but then forgot and as the sun went down it got really chilly and it is painful on our bodies and it does hurt and we all felt the discomfort of being chilled. It doesn’t help when restaurants have the air conditioning on when it is obviously not needed.

  2. In the UK we had our taste of Summer for a week in February this year. Last year it was during Easter. We are meant to be warm, we are warm-blooded mammals after all. Yesterday is was single degrees and very windy to the point of eye-watering. I was toastie, but there were a few men that had no coats. In the past, I can relate to the energy required to support that hardness. And that hardness creeps in everything in your life.

  3. I grew up in a place that had four proper seasons. There were winters with lots of snow and months of minus temperatures. But we would rug-up to keep warm and enjoy the weather and the outside activities it allowed.

  4. I agree with you Jennifer when you say
    “I found that being cold is painful to the body and it does hurt.”
    I hate being cold there is nothing worse it is painful to the body and I can feel my whole body contracting.
    That’s one of the reason I don’t like going to public swimming pools they are generally kept so cold. When you get into the water you can feel your whole body shrinking into itself. I find the changing rooms are cold and feel damp, the showers are at best tepid. It really is an unpleasant experience. We have a local swimming pool that is the complete opposite. The building is warm and inviting, the changing rooms are warm too, so are the showers and the water is a constant warm temperature so that when you walk down the steps into the water instead of your body contracting with cold it expands with the warmth of the water. Such a different experience and as it is always busy many other people think so too.

  5. It’s a beautiful conversation when we can feel how our body likes to be and we listen and start making adjustment to get it to the exact details.

  6. A cold day is a great reason to snug up and keep warm – the body loves this, and if the body was interviewed would declare it so. Being cold is a bit like needing to go to the toilet but not really doing anything about it – you can’t really sit still and you fidget and your shiver and you just want to get warm/go to the loo and there is no real ‘rest’ till you have warmed up or been to the loo.

  7. What I love about being warm and sometimes on the edge of ‘too’ warm, is that it invites me to let go of any tension, angst or fight and be much more surrendered and flowing with life. This means I am much more open to seeing the magic and learning on offer.

    1. Spot on Matilda – sometimes that extra bit of warmth allows one to surrender that much deeper and so much more can come from this when we allow it.

  8. Yesterday I had to work out in the snow, which in the past I would not have enjoyed or appreciated as I disliked and found the cold painful. However, I actually enjoyed it as I ensured I was appropriately clothed so I kept warm, even against the wind, and to me was confirmation of the deeper loving care I now take care of myself.

    1. Many people say they don’t like the rain or cold or wind, I often point out is it the weathers fault or people’s lack of being prepared? All wrapped up I don’t mind being out in the rain or cold, they are needed in our world.

  9. I grew up in the middle of the US by Canada and we had four proper seasons. There is currently an artic vortex making a large area of the country dangerously cold. Two days ago the record low temp was -36c with a wind chill factor of -66c. What I found that was interesting is that a severe weather warning is only issued when the temperature exceeds -35c. So, is -34c just a normal cold day? What are we doing to our body to harden ourselves to live in this kind of environment?

  10. There is a huge difference between preparing and nurturing ourselves to be warm and the force that comes with warming ourselves up. It is the attention to detail that makes all the difference because we are so worth looking after and caring for.

  11. ‘It really is a beautiful feeling walking in the cold, without an ounce of cold in your body.’ This really is a simple pleasure that I felt the other day. The cold weather, when not cold, is at a time of year that is subtly beautiful. The skies are pale pinks, greys and blues and frosts are very pretty. It’s lovely to be out enjoying them and feeling warm.

  12. Today I had to drop my car off to be fixed. It’s super cold but as I walked away I realised I’d left my warm mittens in the car. I deliberated, was it worth walking back a wee way to the garage and getting them out? And then I asked myself was it worth it walking home and getting super cold hands? No. So I went and got them. I feel like this blog has helped me say actually every moment matters and to not ‘make do’.

  13. I really enjoy this article and shared it with a friend; me talking about loving being warm confirmed to her how much she too loves to be warm and we shared the ways in which we keep ourselves warm, a very inspiring blog, thank you.

  14. If we take care of ourselves we have the awareness to take care of others, even if they do not realise it themselves. When I worked with the elderly several of the ladies used to comment on how gentle I was when applying the creams or brushing their hair.

  15. ‘Although I am choosing this for myself, the quality of the way I now care for myself makes all the difference in how I am with others.’ I’ve noticed people can feel that quality of care taken for yourself, they can be inspired by it, and that care naturally extends out to others.

  16. My feet, and indeed my whole body, love it when I put my boots or shoes on the radiator with my clothes in the morning to warm up so when I go out in the morning I am toasty warm all over.

  17. Don’t you just Love these balmy summer evenings when the temperature does not get below 25c? AW! Snuggling up under a doona and have a deep rest-full and repose-full sleep you wake refreshed and vital for the next day.

    1. Greg, living in the UK I dream of balmy summer days that actually reach 25c during the day let alone those temperatures remaining anywhere near that at night… but hey I can’t complain we have amazingly insulated houses and great central heating systems.

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