5 Tips for Surviving this Looong Winter

by Kassandra Lamb

If you live in the continental U.S. you are probably as sick of winter as I am by now. As we count the days until spring, I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to keep my body warm and my spirits high when it’s cold and dreary outside.

My alluring evening ensemble: blakc fleece sweat pants, silk long johns, pink fuzzy socks, LL Bean slippers.

My alluring evening ensemble: black fleece sweat pants, silk long johns, hot pink fuzzy socks, LL Bean slippers.

Silk long underwear:
I love my silk long johns! They keep my legs toasty under slacks without being bulky. Really important if you sit most of the day at a computer like I do. (And of course the coldest corner of our house is where my computer desk is.)

Calves and feet have the poorest circulation and get cold the easiest, so keeping them warm helps keep all of you warm. Thick socks and a warm pair of slippers are a good idea around the house as well.

winter sun over a field

Winter sunshine by jax horswill CC-BY-SA 2.0 Wikimedia Commons

The reduced amount of sunshine in the winter can cause lethargy, drowsiness and even depression. So get outside as much as possible and let that winter sun shine on your face.

If you can’t get outside much and/or you’re particularly prone to winter depression consider getting a light box that simulates sunshine.

These have come way down in price in recent years. You can even get them on Amazon. What doesn’t Amazon carry? (This is a rhetorical question.)

Stay active:
In the winter, it is so easy to slide into a sedentary life style, which just makes us more lethargic.

Physical activity stimulates our metabolism, giving us more energy. So get out there and take a walk, go to the gym, take a Zumba class. Do something!

Range Rover racing through snow

(photo by Land Rover MENA, CC-BY 2.0)

Plan something fun:
Throw a party, plan a weekend getaway. Give yourself something to get excited about!

Whenever I am due for a new vehicle, I try to get it during the winter. It’s hard to be depressed when you’re tooling around town surrounded by that new car smell!

firplace with lit fire

I WANT this fireplace screen! (photo from Wikimedia, public domain)

Stock up on books:
Last but not least, use those long winter evenings to catch up on your to-be-read list. After all, snuggled next to the fireplace is such an excellent place to read!

If you’re not a reader, what are you doing on our blog? 😉

Seriously, an alternative to reading would be catching up on those movies you’ve been meaning to watch.

And hang in there. Spring will come eventually. It always does!

What’s your favorite way to keep yourself warm and in good spirits during the winter?

Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She writes the Kate Huntington mystery series.

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  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    March 3, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I’m a big fan of sunlight; it always boosts my mood! Fab tips, Kass. My favorite thing to do is play board games with the family (when hubs and I can corral them) and popping some popcorn to snack on. Snow days when they are off from school and hubs has stayed home are perfect for this!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      March 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Wow! You can still get your kids to play board games! I think the last time we got our son to do that was when he was 13 and the power went off during a snowstorm (and that was before battery-operated tablets and smart phones and such).

      Hmm, popcorn. That sounds good!! *off to pop some*

  • Reply
    shannon esposito
    March 3, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Good tips, sunlight is definitely important. I, unfortunately suck at winter. You won’t find me outdoors if the temps fall below 70. My go-to escapes are books and movies. Lots of books and movies. Oh, and my yoga mat. Which I usually end up sitting on, staring longingly at the pool. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      March 3, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      LOL I can just see you sitting there staring at the pool! 😉 That would be me too,m if I had a pool.

      We’ve been watching a lot of movies in the evenings lately.

  • Reply
    March 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Cut the winter shorter in the North by becoming a snowbird to Florida….or anywhere south.
    Yes, read books and watch movies. My 7-yr-old granddaughter played board games this past Christmas….until….she got a tablet!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      March 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      LOL I rest my case, Pirkko, about board games vs electronic devices.

      We’re reverse snowbirds. We go up north for a few weeks int he summer, to get away from the heat. Although it’s hard to imagine the need to do that just now.

  • Reply
    Jess Witkins
    March 3, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    The long underwear/slipper picture cracks me up because I live in my long underwear and slippers. And I’m usually shrouded with a blanket next to a space heater. My hubby runs hot so he can’t understand my need for fleece pajamas, flannel sheets, and layers upon layers of blankets. I tell him its how he can rest assured he married a real princess. #theprincessandthepeacoat

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      March 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      LOL I love that, Jess!! You are indeed a princess!

      Oh, I should have included flannel sheet son my list. They are the best invention ever!!

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