Winter has come! Last week brought the full fury of winter down on many parts of the country, particularly the East Coast. You might think the world is coming to an end with dire weather reports announcing the arrival of “bomb cyclones” and another polar vortex. Parents scramble to occupy their children at home when schools close, and lose work time, using up precious leave for those lucky enough to have paid leave, and losing pay for those without.
Snow and cold do not only shut down our schools and slow down our cars. They sap and stress our spirits. They drain our energy. Some may call our suffering the winter doldrums. Words of encouragement and concrete suggestions follow below to get you through the next few months. You can survive!
- Get creative, crafty and busy. Click for activity ideas.
- Dress for the weather (bundle up in layers, long underwear, tights, woolly socks, scarves, gloves, boots or insulated shoes)
- Eat warm, hearty dishes (click for a sampling of some stick-to-your-ribs fare)
- Do what they do in the Nordic countries
- Embrace your inner cozy
- Get outside
- Accept the seasonal change
Still not convinced you will survive the cold blast? Read further for a very comprehensive list of suggestions for winter survival.