I Absolutely Hate Saying Goodbye To Cold Weather

I Absolutely Hate Saying Goodbye To Cold Weather

Will a few more months of winter really be that bad?

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On Sunny days I dream of cold and on cold days I dream of cooler. It's funny because I'm not like your typical southern gal. Born and raised In Columbia, SC, but I feel like deep down I have always been a northerner at heart. I just love cold weather.

Fall is my favorite season of course. I mean, honestly, what can you not love about fall! There are the leave changes, crisp cool weather and the ever anticipated fall fashion haul. I get excited just thinking about it. Now, most of my family is from up north, was born in the north or practically believes the north to be their second home. And then there's me. The girl who absolutely adores cool weather but has yet to travel up North. Weird right?

As I say my final goodbyes to the last weeks hopefully of winter. I think to the memories where my children with effervescent spirits may one day be able to experience a white Christmas, slope the great white slopes, sit and drink mocha by the crackling sounds of holiday fires and warm fuzzy sweaters.

As I speak with my northern counterparts they would disagree. In most cases, they would advise me that wanting to move up North would be one of the worst things ever! They remind me of the constant snow plowing that they have to sort through, the rundown metro stations and the lack of consideration towards all of these things. A constant reminder that unlike down south where we experience one pinch of snow, we go through what seems like a full government shutdown.

This I may miss, but weighing out all of my options and exhausting all needs.. I will still not want to say goodbye to cold weather.

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Feeling Cold? It's All In Your Head

Hack Your Mind With These Tricks And Winter Just Might Become Your Favorite
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We were walking the chilly city with a bottle of wine as we made our way to enjoy a night of Friendsgiving. My friend Claudia looked at me and said, “Stop!” It took me a moment to realize what she was referring to. I immediately took a breath and let go. Earlier that week we discussed how we often romanticize the idea of feeling cold and concluded, just like all things, it’s merely a mental game. Feeling cold? Well, it’s all in your head. If you remember this, you'll beat the freeze.

Picture the way you shiver back to your parking spot from a night out. It's an uncomfortable moment as your shoulders creep toward your ears while your teeth chatter. This is your body’s immediate response to facing the cold. It’s a mindless and almost zombified response. Take a stab at recognizing these primal reactions, let them go, and respond to the cold on your own terms.

Realize where your mind is at

I didn’t notice I was shivering on our walk until Claudia pointed out. You feel cold because you promote it. You invite this feeling in with your mind and don't even realize it. When you’re in the heart of a cold night it might be hard to catch your reaction to the weather. It might help if you mentally prepare as you head out the door. Remind yourself that your body will react, but it is your mind that has the power to respond.

Relax your muscles

Shivering promotes temporary body heat by engaging our muscles. This is an instant physiological response. Once you notice this, stop and relax your muscles. You’ll instantly feel better. You’ll even notice that it’s not as cold as you might have believed it to be.

Breathe

We hold our breath in when we get cold. It’s part of the physiological response that makes us tense up such as having our shoulders to our ears and huddling over with our arms crossed. Holding your breath won’t solve the issue. This can also be viewed as a universal perspective when it comes to life. Breathe, release your shoulders, and go about your life. You’ll feel that much warmer.

Don't think about the temperature

Once you realize where your mind is at, relax, and breathe you’ll immediately forget about how cold it is. That feeling doesn’t come for free. You’ll find yourself enjoying your conversation as you walk, but as soon as you take it for granted the chills will come back. You don’t need to shiver in discomfort. Take your mind to the place it needs to be and continue to relax and breathe.

The world is a reflection of your own perception

Winter is a great metaphor for life in so many ways. Some say it is a period for rest and renewal to prepare for the rebirth of spring. I see it as a mental exercise. Sometimes winter appears in our lives when we least expect it. It’s up to us as to how we experience it.

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12 Things To Do For The Perfect Snow Day

When you live in the north, you can expect one or two snow days between December and March.

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I have a love-hate relationship with snow days. I absolutely hate the cold, so any snow after Christmas makes me want to cry. Yet, at the same time, I love getting a day off to catch up on things in my life that have gotten pushed to the wayside. It's nice, sometimes, to have a day where you can just chill (pun intended). Here are some things that make the ultimate snow day possible!

1. Sleep in

Turn off your alarms and go back to bed! It's not often that you get to have a day to lie in bed, so take this opportunity while you have it!

2. Enjoy a hot beverage

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate - whatever will keep you warm and toasty!

3. Look out your window at the snow from the comfort of your warm house

I always like to appreciate the beauty of the snow without feeling the cold - it makes me grateful to have a house with heat.

4. Watch a movie you haven't seen yet

What better time to catch up on a movie that you meant to see but never got around to actually watching. Netflix has a great selection, but you could always rent one as well!

5. Shovel the driveway

Not everything can be fun. Get that shoveling done and out of the way so you don't have to worry about it tomorrow.

6. Take a warm shower

After you are frozen from the cold, the best thing to do is take a nice warm shower to warm up!

7. Bake cookies

Yummy, freshly baked cookies can always make your day better! Pick your favorite and get baking!

8. Read a book while you're cuddled up with a blanket

Get cozy, pick up that book you've been meaning to get to, and have a blast!

9. Make yourself another warm beverage

You can't go wrong with hot tea or hot chocolate, why not make yourself another cup?

10. Play some board games

Get everyone to sit and play a game together! Pick a classic or even a new one, it will be a great addition to your snow day!

11. Pamper yourself

Whatever this looks like for you - bath bombs, face masks, nail painting, writing in a journal - take some time to do something you don't normally get to do!

12. Go to bed early

Prepare yourself for the next day. If you're like me, I'm sure it's not often that you get to bed at a decent hour. Trust me, your future self will thank you!

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