Top 20 Tips On How To Endure and Like the Winter Season
I don't like winter nor cold winter temperatures and sadly my dislike has increased during the years. I just endure every winter season and sort of simply let winter pass while I try not to pay any attention to the weather. As you can imagine it is easier said than done during those periods in the winter when the temperature is so cold that no matter how you dress there is no way to stay warm!
Since I am optimistic person and since I live here in the northern hemisphere in Sweden I realize that this negative attitude has to stop. So I have decided to make an effort and I came up with 20 positive tips associated with winter. I hope my tips will make it more easy to get through the cold and dark winter months for those of you who like me, not yet love the winter season. And maybe I can turn myself around to really like winter eventually!
Winter in Gothenburg is beautiful!
1. Wear the right cloths according to the weather!
Dress properly according to the weather! That is a golden rule everywhere and also for the temperatures in Sweden. It is s the first thing you have to do if you will be able to endure and/or enjoy winter. Make sure you have several layers of clothing which will give you insolation from the cold much better than only one or two thick layers. If it is really cold you will need at least three or four layers and don't forget your hat, gloves and scarf. For best comfort wear one layer of clothing that consist on wool. It will take you a while to get dressed and also to undress, so calculate for a little more time to get ready when you have a time schedule.
2. Wear warm shoes or boots!
Invest in warm shoes and boots. Warm and dry feet are so important during cold periods otherwise it is almost impossible to enjoy the time outdoors.
Since the temperatures can be a bit different with some rainy days as well as some freezing cold days it is a good idea to have a few different pair of shoes and warmer boots.
3. Get daily sunlight!
Make sure you get plenty of light! Even if the daylight time is limited, it is important to get as much daylight as possible during this dark season. Take short walks during lunch break as often as you can and try to go for longer walks during weekends.
4. Light candles!
Make the most of this dark season and use many candles indoors. Candles can change the mood in a room from gloomy to warm and cosy very quickly without being too expensive. In addition to cosiness candles also increase the indoor temperature a little. Indulge in candles of all sorts for example tea-light candles, scented candles and similar. It can never be to many candles during the winter season!
5. Make the most of the extra time you get!
Do the things you never have time to do during summer, for example make it cosy with a good book under a blanket in the sofa. There are so many good books I want to read and this winter will be a perfect excuse! If you like movies more you can watch a good movie with friends and family. We also need to take some time to reflect on our life and the winter season is a great time to do just that since so many things are impossible to do anyway.
6. Less cleaning!
One of the big benefits with this dark season is that you can take it a bit easier with the cleaning indoors. Be happy that no one will notice the dust in the corners and you will not see it either! It is all right to have lower standards of cleaning during winter. Make use of the extra time and do the things you like to do instead.
Invest in a cosy and useful fireplace! Nothing is so relaxing and cosy as a fireplace indoors when the snow and the wind blows outside. There are so many different fireplaces to choose from but I recommend a fireplace that besides giving some extra warmth, as a complement to the regular heating of the house, also can be used as a stove! You will defrost your frozen body while you prepare dinner. So valuable!
8. Get warm quickly once indoors!
Make sure you get warm when you get indoors after spending some time outside. Enjoy glogg and pepparkakor, coffee or tea. Other things to do in order to unfreeze your numb limbs is to take a warm shower or a sauna and pamper yourself with fragrant products.
9. See the beauty of the winter season!
10. Spend some time with your special friends!
Arrange a night out or at home with your female/male friends! Invite your old friends and do something special with them without your spouse. It is so relaxing and vitalizing to spend time with people who share old memories and who laughs at the same things as you.
11. Take a trip
Go on a trip with your spouse and go to places you wouldn't do during summer. Go to a spa, see a theatre. Or go to places which you normally visit during summer and experience a well known place in a totally different appearance. A walk on a long sandy beach during autumn or winter can be a memory for life. It will look familiar but yet totally different and owned by the forces of nature.
12. Enjoy Christmas!
Enjoy the early Christmas decoration in the stores. Many people say they get tired of Christmas decoration especially when the stores starts to decorate for Christmas earlier for every year. I love Christmas and the many happy Santa's give a warm atmosphere.
13. Use lamps indoors!
Improve your home with plenty of cosy lamps and lights. Chase the shadows from the dark corners using all forms of lamps and decorate your home with light.
14. Get quality time!
Get quality time with your family! I notice that my teenager spend more time at home during winter than during summer. Children grow up so quickly so we better make the most of every available moment.
15. Learn something new!
Take the time to learn something new. We all have things we would like to do but for some reason never come around to do. Study language, learn how to knit or start exercise. For example, attend a class of Zumba and the latino rhythms will take you to a sunny sandy beach immediately.
16. Go on a vacation!
If you can´t stand the darkness and the cold, and if you have some money saved, go for a trip to more southern latitudes. One or two weeks with sun and warm weather will make it easier to endure the remaining winter period.
17. Stay in bed with the one you love!
Maybe this is the best way to get warm both physically and mentally! Make the bed with lovely freshly washed and scented bedding, wonderfully warm duvets and enjoy each other.
18. Find some children to play with!
Find some children and spend time with them or offer yourself to look after children around you. There is nothing more inspiring than to see the joy of winter through the eyes of a child. Let yourself act silly, go sledding, do snow angels or start a snowball fight!
19. Invite friends and neighbors!
Invite friends for dinner! It is so easy to get isolated during the cold and dark winter months since it is a struggle to go out or to travel anywhere. But try to make an effort because we need the inspiration and input we get from others. Set a nice table and let the cooking take time.
Smile! Give a smile to yourself every morning in the mirror and give a smile to all the freezing people who goes with their heads bowed and a little stooped for protection against the cold winds outdoors. We do need some human warmth and a smile can do all the difference.
Feel free to add more tips in the comment section below!