So winter is (hopefully!) coming to a close soon, and I have definitely learned a thing or two over the last few months about what it’s like to live in a cold climate city. As I’ve mentioned before, this is the first time I’ve lived in a place with freezing temperatures (spent 23 years in sunny Florida!), and I can see now that my body (and mind) weren’t fully prepared last Fall for what was to come.
Wanting to share some tips from my own experience, and help any Florida girls with plans to move up north – I have come up with this brief guide below to surviving winter, Candied-Life style.
Every day (I mean it, every single day!) I have an orange juice from Juice Generation. I am lucky to have one close by my apartment, and am guilty of frequenting it sometimes more than once in the same day — simply because of how delicious and fresh their juices and smoothies are. I honestly think all the Vitamin C I’ve been drinking has kept any seasonal colds away. Craving a second juice now…
Hunter boots! They are a huge part of surviving winter! Not only are they great for rain (and stylish), but they are incredibly effective when the snow gets melt-y and sludge-y on the streets. I must say, it is sort of empowering to walk through deep puddles off half frozen black snow, and step away unscathed.
Winter Blues are a thing! It took me a while to recognize it, but I am positive that the weather has effected my mood and well-being this winter. Luckily, there are ways to fight the crummy feeling. I have found that exercising REALLY helps. Finding a class or gym you love is essential to surviving winter, because if you’re like me, you need to stay active in order to feel your best, no matter the season. It’s hard to get outside and go for a long walk or jog when it’s icy cold, so finding an indoor activity that can get you sweating is key. I’ve never regretted working out, not once.
Soul Cycle – I’m addicted! I am lucky to have a studio two blocks away, and do my best to get in a class once or twice a week. I love everything about this spinning experience, from the encouraging instructors to the music, to how great I feel when I walk out drenched. It’s my favorite way to survive winter.
I’ve also learned to enjoy the coziness of my apartment, and the nights spent in staying warm have been perfect for catching up on movies, or creating special home-cooked meals. Or, baking M&M cookies! My favorite. Warm cookies are essential to surviving winter.
Finally, leaving for a weekend here and there really helps to combat the cold! Obviously this is harder to accomplish, but boy does it help with resolving any winter blues. Playing tennis, in the sun, with an option to jump into the ocean after — why can’t all parts of the US offer this in February?? :)