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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 September 15, 2020

4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

1. Don’t Fight It

I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

3. Reframe Your Perspective

Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

    Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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    One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

    To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

    Final Thoughts

    Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

    Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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