9 Struggles You Face During Winter

9 Struggles You Face During Winter

Walking in a winter wonderland or a frozen tundra version of hell?

As far as seasons go, winter rolls in at a close second best (with fall being the best, obviously). In winter, you can sit by the fire while wrapped in a cozy blanket and drinking hot cocoa, go ice skating day and night, take in the beauty of fresh, untouched, sparkling snow, and wear all of the trendy winter wear--we're talking oversized sweaters and sweatshirts with an unlimited supply of fuzzy socks. But, with all of the joy each winter brings, there come a few drawbacks. Sometimes, instead of maintaining a comfortably cool temperature, winter weather turns harsh and causes unnecessary problems. Here are nine of the struggles you may face during ferocious winter weather.

1. Your hands start to crack and bleed from the lack of moisture in the air.

No amount of lotion can reverse the dryness of your hands. Barely bump a finger on the counter and it will start bleeding within seconds. You better start stocking up on band-aids and Neosporin. It's gonna be a bloody long winter.

2. Your eyes water the instant you step outside.

YOU ARE NOT CRYING. You promise. It's uncontrollable and unfortunate. You have seriously considered wearing ski goggles to class before...and you are still considering it.

3. Wind. Cold, cold wind.

Painful on the face, bad for the hair. And, it makes keeping your eyes open extremely hard, which is kind of an important thing to, you know, see where you're going. Winter wind doesn't do anyone any good.

4. Walking becomes much harder than it ever should be.

If you want to avoid "trippin’ (oh), stumbling (oh), flippin' (oh), fumbling (so)," then you need to have your eyes glued to the ground 24/7. Slipping on ice can be disastrous for your physical and mental health. You should probably just start wearing cleats all the time to avoid a slipping tragedy.

5. You crave ice cream, and it’s 10 below.

The freezing temperatures don't prevent you from eating ice cream, because the desire for it is simply too strong. You are the only one in control of your life...besides ice cream. Eat a spoonful. Shiver. Repeat.

6. Going out and trying to decide what to wear.

Do you wear a $250 parka, risk losing it or getting it stolen, and stay warm? Or, do you brave the cold in barely any clothing, risk hypothermia and maintain a stylish look without the worry of your jacket not making it back home with you? You waste too much time on this decision, but it's tough and needs to be made.

7. Finding the motivation to get out of bed.

The walk from your bed to the shower in the morning is pure torture. It's as if you have to step into a freezer before jumping into a steam room, which probably wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to exit the shower and go back into the cold.

8. Walking to class with coffee (or any hot beverage) in your hand.

Even if you're wearing gloves or mittens, you have to sacrifice a hand to hold your drink. The drink may keep your hand partially warm if it's not in a thermos. But, you have to grip the cup really tight to avoid the nightmare scenario of dropping your coffee--gasp. In the end, one hand must suffer.

9. Trying to walk straight and avoid falling over.

Am I the only weakling who has literally not been able to walk in a straight line because the wind's strength was too overpowering and almost caused me to blow over? It doesn't help that the wind has almost pushed me into oncoming traffic, either.

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9 Ways You Can Step Up Your Sleep Game

"Why fall in love when you can fall asleep?"

Whoever knows me understands how deeply in love I am with my bedroom. Taking naps is one of my favorite activities. Throughout my years of studying to become a professional napper, I have accumulated many tricks to make my room as comfortable as possible. Here are a few of my favorites to up your napping game. Trust me; it will put your slumber on a whole other level. By the end of this article, I bet you'll be yawning sleepy and craving to get to bed.

First and foremost, get an animal. If you can't get an animal, here are some alternatives:

1. Blankets

Even if its the middle of the summer I will pile my blankets up as high as possible. It's basically the princess and the pea in a way. If I don't have enough blankets, I can't sleep. Obviously, I have to pack a blanket when I go on vacation. I like the extra weight, its a strange quirk of mine. For Hanukkah this year, I was blessed with a weighted blanket. I shed a few tears. I am currently writing this while wearing a snuggie.

2. Lights

One thing to know about me is the fact that I hate having the lights on. I will always use the lowest setting or turn on lamps instead of the main light. My sister reprimands me on a regular basis for refusing to use certain lights in our apartment. Is it a crime to believe that mood lighting is essential for a comfortable atmosphere? I don't think so.

3. Tapestries and Decorations

I cannot tell you how many tapestries I have on my walls, my tables, stowed away in cabinets (Because I don't have enough wall space). They come in all shapes and sizes, and if you don't have one, you must be living under a rock. My walls are also decked out in posters, drawings, mirrors, you name it. I hate having a blank space on my wall. It makes it cozy and uniquely my own

4. Pillows

I find it absolutely vital to have a bed covered in pillows. I sleep with a body pillow. A few years back I had surgery and wasn't allowed to sleep on my stomach. I was told to use a body pillow instead, and since then, I was hooked. You cannot tear that thing away from me if you tried. I have so many pillows and blankets that I can quite literally get lost in my bed. My dream is to one day have the giant wrap around body pillow. Oh, a girl can only hope.

5. Sleeping Mask

I highly recommend you click on this link. he one I own is technically a pillow for your face. There's always something missing if I don't go to bed without it. This item will change your life. It will make you look super cute too. (That is a lie)

6. Blackout curtains

Isn't it the worst when the sun wakes you up in the morning, and you have a few hours (or few minutes) left to sleep? Blackout curtains will change your life

7. White Noise

A big thing that I noticed helps me to fall asleep is turning a fan on. It isn't because I'm too hot (which is very likely due to the number of blankets and pillows I smother myself with). It's because of the noise. Now, if the fan gets too chilly for you, just download one of those white noise apps. Bless technology these days. When I was little, I use to love falling asleep to the noise of my parents talking in the kitchen. I also love to crack open a window...this is where the blankets come into play as well.

8. Twilight/Sleepy scented everything from Lush

If you don't like the Twilight scent, candles are an obvious choice. I would call myself a candle hoarder. Just make sure you blow it out before you shut your eyes!!!I think it's quite obvious by now how much I love my bed. I honestly can go on and on, but no one would want that. Here's a quick video showing you how important it is to sleep. I'm really not that crazy.

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Online Reputation - Key to Become an Online Icon

Reputation For You OR Your Company.

We are in 21st century, Information technology is booming all over the globe. People nowadays like to do a lot of stuff online like shopping, ordering food, booking tickets, etc. You will find each and everything available online these days. For any business or a product to perform well online, it is necessary to be visible. The consumers should know about your product or the service that you are offering. There are so many options available online; there should be a strong reason for the consumers to choose your service or product. 

How much are you trending on the internet and social media? Are people talking about you online? All these factors contribute to your Online Reputation. Online reputation plays an important role, when it comes to your performance in business. 

People like to talk about each and everything on social media nowadays. You need to keep an eye on all these topics. Where are you being mentioned is it in bad reviews, complaints or any negative contents. These are monitored closely and the process of cleaning up these areas and knowing how to combat these situations is called as Online Reputation Management Services.

It is very important for any business or a product to succeed you should have a very good Online Reputation. Below are a few steps on How to protect your Online Reputation.

1. Understanding Online Reputation Management (ORM)

You should know what exactly ORM is. ORM is basically tracking all the posts and comments which are being said about your product, business, brand or a service and repair, control and monitor all these posts.

2. Try Being all over the Search Results

Your popularity depends on how reachable you are to the consumer, are they able to see you often on the internet. You can make is possible by owning the search results. Register your profile, brand or the product on all the major social media sites. This will always boost your online profile ranking and your product or profile is more likely to be viewed by the audience. The more the number of pages and social networking profiles the more likely your brand or profile is coming on top of all the search results. 

3. Keep a track of your #Tags or Mentions Online

You need to be very active in monitoring the trend of your product or the business profile. It is really tough to do the job manually. Earlier you had to login to Google and search manually where your profile is ranking on the internet. Nowadays there are many monitoring software available to get the job done. You can automate the process using these software which will keep you posted on any new mentions or comments on your profile or product. Google Alert is one of the free tools to get this job done. You just need to feed the key word that needs to be monitored and the Google alert will send you email notifications each time they get a new mention in their search results.

4. Every Social Media Mention deserves a reply

Along with monitoring your trends on the internet you also need to make sure you respond to the consumers with appropriate responses. Your business is purely depended on the reviews shared by the consumers. Reviews are the most influential, effective and powerful way to persuade the consumers to take decision or buy a product. These reviews play and important role in all the businesses online. Consumers have now started hiring Social Media Management company as a platform to discuss about top brands and products and share their experiences about the same. You need to make sure you monitor these discussions and provide a valid response wherever necessary.

5. Keep Blogging…Stay Connected

Blogging has recently become a powerful source of communication online. You can create your message and bring it online and share your views with the world. You can create a blog around your product or the brand or the business profile and you can secure the page one ranking with this. Blogs tend to rank very well in the search results. It also allows you to link back all your social profiles and helps you communicate with the audience through blog commenting. This helps a lot in order to keep a track of your online reputation.

6. Extend your Hand, Reach new Audience

You need to maintain your relations with the audience, for any business or a product to perform customer interaction is very crucial aspect. You need to advertise and reach out to a new audience consistently. You need to interact with them and share your views mutually.

7. “Reputation” It is in your hands make it or break it

As rightly said, “It takes 20 years for building a reputation, but only 2 minutes to ruin it” You need to maintain your reputation always to get the fruitful outcome of your hard work. Think properly before you act or say anything on the public platforms.

These are a few steps in which you can protect your Online Reputation and expand your business or become an icon worldwide.

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