It has been a long stretch of winter with its snowy streets, dark skies and frosty air, but spring is almost here, and it is nicely fitting that I can end my Surive Winter Series at the final leg of this gray season. Don’t forget to check out the previous posts in this series if you haven’t already: Here’s how to dress up for winter, and here’s how to take care of your skin.
Now, let’s get on with my last 10 tips to actually enjoy, and not dread and suffer through winter:
1. Ginger lemon tea. This is one of the best things you can drink to combat the cold, and help with a blocked nose or sore throat. You can buy it ready made from the store, or brew your own. I like to cut up fresh pieces of ginger and add it to my own cuppa.
2. Bundle up. I know this reads like common sense, but do cover yourself in warm layers of clothing, or when you’re at home, cover yourself with a thick blanket, especially when it’s below zero. Sometimes you may think, “Oh, the temperature is about a degree higher now, I can take off this jacket so I’ll look more fashionable.” Seriously, no. Toasty marshmallow than suffering sexy snowcone, remember?
3. Wash your hands. T told me to always do so when we’ve ridden trains and grabbed on to the handles or touched the seats. Now, I do this every time I arrive home after heading out for a walk or going to the superamarket. It’s a must, because winter is a time when people can easily catch colds, and this is one simple step that can help you to avoid that.
4. Coconut oil. Yup, this is now a holy grail product for me. I use it as a light moisturizer and balm for my lips and hands. I also add some on my hair for an added boost to my dried out locks.
5. Hair conditioner and serum. Speaking of hair, my mane has never looked so dull and lifeless. Thankfully, T bought me a good conditioner to help bring back the bounce and shine it once had. I also pat on some nourishing hair oil and serum that I brought from Singapore with me, and it has helped a lot.
6. Vitamin C. Take your vitamins and supplements regularly. Your immune system needs an extra boost during this period! Others recommend taking fish oil to aid with the body’s lack of vitamin D.
7. Eat healthy. I’ve noticed that I’ve been gaining a lot of weight here in Germany, and that, I say to myself, is actually not a bad thing. From what I’ve read, it is normal to gain weight during winter because your body is packing in for more warmth. Truthfully, i’m not sure if that is to be believed, but I’ll take in that bit of positive news as an excuse for my previously non-existent double chin.
8. Sweat it out. For the first time in my life, I am actually working out. Yes, exercise, which I’ve never felt the need for, and certainly not motivated to do. However, I discovered that it has been one of the reasons that I’m able to cope with winter. I also feel much better and healthier now than before. Even when my whole body is aching from the sessions, I can tell that it’s thanking me that I’ve finally decided to take action and MOVE.
9. Check the weather. I learned this from T and my father-in-law. Back when I was still in the little red dot (Singapore), I did not check the temperature at all. There was simply no need to. When I heard that most Germans check the weather every day, I found that particularly intriguing. Well, now I know why, haha. The temperature may change from being so sunny early in the morning, to falling snow in the evening, so don’t skip this step before you head out!
10. Get some fresh air. Yes, it’s chilly outside, and you’d rather have a cup of hot chocolate (mmmhh, hot cocoa..), but going out will do you a lot of good.It helps your body to get used to the weather, and it lifts your spirits when you get some fresh air. Go ahead, and have a quick walkabout, even just around the block.
Extra tip: Be sociable. And I don’t mean being on social media. Talk to your family and friends. Winter can be very depressing for some. Not seeing the sun and feeling the cold can make you want to just retreat to your cave and sleep the hours away. Pick up the phone or make a quick trip, and hang out with the people you love. It will melt the icy winter off of you, inside and out. 🙂
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