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How to Stay Warm in This Freezing Cold Weather

How to Stay Warm in This Freezing Cold Weather

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. But since we have to go, how do you deal, how do you deal with the snow?

Regardless of my butchering of a classic Christmas song, the weather in the Northern Hemisphere is freezing at the moment. Unfortunately, life can’t be put on hold during the winter (doesn’t hibernation sound amazing right now?) and sometimes you have to brave the cold temperatures. But just because you have to venture outside doesn’t mean you have to freeze your butt off. Check out some of these handy hints to stay warm outside this winter.

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1. Wear Layers

Wear several layers of clothing and peel them off if you start to get too hot. The heat captured in between the layers keeps you nice and toasty. I would personally recommend thermal underwear too. Sure, they’re kind of dorky, but nobody has to see them and they they’re surprisingly toasty despite their thin appearance. I chalk this up to to either science or witchcraft.

2. Protect Your Core

Keeping your torso insulated is the smartest thing you can do to keep the rest of your body warm during winter. This is because the average core temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and hypothermia sets in when that temperature dips below 95. There’s a reason why people firstly lose fingers, toes and other extremities to frostbite before anything else. It’s their body’s natural form of self-preservation. It stops sending blood out to these areas in favor of protecting vital organs. So weirdly, the most effective way of keeping your fingers and toes warm, and attached to you, is by keeping your core toasty.

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3. Wear Mittens Instead of Gloves

Despite your core needing to be a priority, you still need to cover up your digits in order to avoid frostbite. Strangely, mittens are actually more effective at keeping your hands and fingers warm than gloves. This is because clustering the fingers together ensures production of more insulating body heat. So if you don’t mind a little less mobility, get on the mitten train.

4. Invest in Good Boots

Decent boots are imperative in order to stay warm, and to prevent frostbite if you’re shoes are going to be getting wet. Some of the best options are double boots, which contain a felt inner liner and a high-top outer boot. They’re warm and comfortable, but quite expensive.  A cheaper option may be a rugged mountaineering boot. It has similar benefits of the double boot, but for a lower price. Foam-insulated rubber boots will keep your feet warm, but will also make them perspire. This can be an issue, as we shall discover in our next tip.

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5. Stay Dry

This may seems obvious, but the cold has a stealthy way of sneaking up on you, particularly if you’re exposing yourself to puddles, snow slush or even sweating beneath the aforementioned layers. One way to avoid the latter in particular is by investing in synthetic, wicker based layers that pull the sweat right off your skin. If you happen to get wet externally, get inside and dry off as soon as possible.

6. Eat Spicy Food

We all crave hot food or drinks in cold weather, but not many of them do much to actually keep us warm. However, spicy food will do the job effectively. Foods like chili peppers and spicy seasonings contain a compound called capsaicin, which is what gives them that delicious kick. More importantly, however, is that it increases our body temperature, creating a warming effect. So try adding a little chili to your soup, curries or even hot chocolate (Chocolat tells us that it’s delicious) this winter to fight off the cold.

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7. Drink More Water

All seasoned mountain climbers attest to the fact that water is a fantastic way to retain body heat.The more you have in your system the easier it is to keep warm. With this in mind, make sure you stay hydrated in the winter, as well as the summer, particularly if you have to go out into the cold everyday.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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