It’s kinda funny that I’m writing this because winter hasn’t fully struck my little Virginian beach town yet. But I know that it’s usually in February that the only snowstorm of the year happens – and it makes drivers become hysterical, as I’ve experienced firsthand. Fortunately, after over a decade of Washingtonian winters (and one in Montréal, which I barely felt, for some odd reason), I’m well equipped to handle the cold weather, and here’s a list (because I loooove lists!) of eleven tips so you can do that too!
- Swap your facial creams for thicker balms. Especially because your car’s air-conditioning will dry your face more than cold weather.
- Enjoy how shiny the cold makes your hair, and apply a leave-in conditioner to prevent static, especially when you’re wearing hats.
- Try to get as much daylight as possible. Consider buying a light machine, or better, get a Himalayan salt lamp. The claims may never be proven by the mainstream scientific community but still, they emit a nice enough glow to justify having one in your home.
- Exercise outdoors – go skiing, ice skating, snowball-fighting or even jogging in the snow with the right equipment! If you really, really hate the cold, try to get physical activity indoors – put your gym membership to use or find a yoga studio!
- Enjoy the cozy comfort food you’ve been missing all summer: soups, plats en sauce, and, best of the best, fondue and raclette! (it’s okay, the cold weather will make you lose the calories. Or maybe it won’t, but that’s okay, because
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- Make spiced wine. Experiment with different recipes, blends, aromatic herbs, peels, spices, and even create your own recipe which maybe you’ll pass down to your grandchildren.
- If you get ill, diffuse essential oils, rub your chest with Tiger Balm, and drink lots and lots of ginger infusion.
- Winter is the ideal time to take up knitting and crochet!
- Tea is a lifestyle you should adopt. Why not get some loose leaf teas and a lovely Japanese cast-iron teapot?
- Why not take up baking? Imagine the delicious smell that will fill your kitchen and all the goods you’ll get to share with your family, neighbours and friends (and not to mention, post on Instagram with the hashtag #SoHygge!)
- If you’re feeling the winter blues, take a mini-vacation to an exotic destination in the comfort of your own home. No, seriously. Turn up the heat, take out the beach towels and straw hats, put on a bathing suit and apply sunscreen. Better even, invite a few friends and make margaritas cause #WhyNot?
I hope these tips will help you fight off winter blues! Please share what you like to do when the weather’s cold in the comments below!