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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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Tegan Jones

Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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