Now that winter is officially here, it is important to stay warm. In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the temperatures may dip between minus thirty to minus forty degrees celsius. In this part of the world, We consider temperatures of minus ten to fifteen degrees celsius to be “mild” during the winter season. Allow Me to share My strategies for staying warm in the cold.
Drinking hot tea is a wonderful way to maintain a warm body temperature. There are so many varieties to choose from – Peppermint, , Ginger, or Chamomile. My personal favorite is Green Tea. Alternatively, consider hot coffee or hot chocolate. Make sure to have a hot breakfast – oatmeal is a great option. During cold weather, your body will require calories to maintain body warmth. This is not a good time to skip meals.
A cold winter morning requires extra layers of clothing , along with extra time to dress up. If You are driving, You will need to allow for extra time to reach a destination. Make sure to cover any areas of exposed bare skin with mitts and a scarf.
Your vehicle may require extra time to warm up. If hazardous road conditions exist, consider purchasing winter tires for Your vehicle. Plan activities around road conditions. If blizzard conditions are indicated, avoid driving. Postpone low priority errands.
A discussion of winter conditions must include the mention of snow removal. If You work outside, be sure to dress warmly. Take short breaks , going indoors to warm up. Insulation around doors and windows of Your home to keep warm, indoors. For increased energy savings consider insulating the attic.
I like to stock up on groceries in January. Homemade soup is My specialty. I use My slow cooker for this, to preserve nutritional content. If You enjoy baking this a great time to make use of Your oven. Cinnamon is one of My favourite spices to use. Honey is another excellent natural flavoring. During a cold snap I add both to My tea or coffee. A stack of cozy and warm quilts is essential. I keep five quilts on hand. Lighter blankets are useful too. Many people in Canada spend time skating and skiing.
Winter is a fantastic time to catch up on reading. A stack of books that I haven’t had the time to read awaits. Make a list of projects You have been meaning to tackle. Keep this list ready – when cold weather arrives, take advantage of the extra time available to complete these projects. Reading, sewing, home renovation, and blogging are on the top of My list. Listen to music, watch a favorite movie, or play a musical instrument. To celebrate the true spirit of winter, I like to read books by the great Russian writers. When the temperature drops, many people report feeling sleepy. Sleep and the dream world are more accessible. This is a great time to consider meditation. Take advantage of this by getting more rest. Indigenous cultures set time aside in the winter for family, storytelling and bead work. Create Your own personal traditions for winter.