Winter is tough. The sun doesn’t shine much and temperatures are pretty darn chilly.
After Coeur d’Alene’s first snowfall, I quickly discovered that Northern Idaho winters were worse than the Missouri winters of my college years. Maybe that’s because I knew I’d be flying off to sunny SoCal for a month during Christmas break. Now, the six month trek through cold weather is more of a daily reality.
Since Southwest hasn’t given me free flights for life, I’ve been forced to face this arctic reality with a different strategy.
Here are my top 7 ways to get through Winter:
1. Bright Nail Polish – My first response to hearing that my Gramma had passed away was to purchase and eat a double chocolate muffin and paint my nails neon pink. (Not the most healthy coping mechanisms, I realize…) There’s something just happy about cheery colors smiling back at you from such an oft used body part.
2. Car Snacks – Cold AND hungry? No good. I keep a couple Clif Bars in my center console for when I shiver too many calories away.
3. Flowery/Fresh Scent – I’ve read enough InStyle to know perfume should change with the season. Winter lends itself to warm scents like vanilla, musk, and sandalwood. The other day I picked up my summer scent instead of the Warm Vanilla Sugar I wear on a regular basis. One spritz and I was in a meadow of wildflowers in May, despite what my window was showing me. From now on I’ll be letting my olfactory system tell me I’m enjoying a sunny day in Spring regardless of the temperature.
My favorite: Crabtree & Evelyn Lily of The Valley – If you don’t want to wear it, this scent comes in a room spray.
4. Electric Mattress Pad – Cold sheets are brutal. Sliding into a warm, cozy bed at night is a simple pleasure. Electric blankets freak me out (something about being wrapped in a blanket that could electrocute me…), but a heated mattress pad? Yes. Turn it on 30 minutes before bedtime and you are guaranteed a toasty evening retreat.
5. Alpaca Socks – Staying inside does nothing to banish the winter blues, but going for a walk/hike/triptocostco only to have toesicles when you get home doesn’t encourage outdoor expeditions. Wool is great; alpaca is the best! It’s soft and stays warm even when snow melts in your boots.
6. Take A Bath – I’ll be the first to admit that my winter showers are far from eco-friendly in length, but showers by nature seem a bit hurried. If I’ve been outside, a bath is sometimes the only way for me to get warm. Add some scented bath salts, light a candle, and let the heat transport you to Fiji. or Bali. or Hawaii. or… forgive me. I’m getting carried away.
7. A GOOD Jacket – Until two weeks ago, I was under the impression that layers were a non-negotiable and unless I was wearing four or five of them (not kidding) under my jacket, I wouldn’t feel anything resembling warmth. My poor down jacket, acquired in 2005, was the warmest outerwear I owned and was losing feathers fast.
I believe my mom was appalled at my inability to get warm when she visited in November, so when we were visiting SoCal in the beginning of January, she graciously offered to help fund (as in pay for) the purchase of a better jacket.
There is hope for you, cold ones! I can now go out in the snow with my Columbia Parallel Peak Interchange 3-in-1 Insulated Jacket and be warm even if I’m only wearing a t-shirt underneath. Spend the money and get a good jacket. It’s worth it.
Did I mention that it’s a pretty blue color? I would opt for a cheery color (see Nail Polish explanation above) instead of neutral.
How do you keep your spirits up and stay warm in the Winter? Inquiring minds want to know…