How to Survive the Winter

It’s rough out there this year, no doubt about it. In the interest of mental health and public safety, I’ve compiled a brief guide to help those of you who may find the challenges of getting through this season a bit daunting.

1. Stay indoors.

car buried in snowExceptions: you have to go to work, you have to go to school, you have to take/pick up the kids from school, you have to take/pick up the spouse from the commuter train station, it’s your turn to carpool (to work or school), you have a dog, you have to feed the farm animals, or you have to keep moving your car to avoid having it plowed under.


2. Dress appropriately, i.e. wear layers, moisture-releasing fabrics, mittens or glove liners, and shoes with ample room in the toe box.

man bundled up for winter weather


Recommendation: if you are taking a child or a pet outside, it’s advisable to dress them completely before putting on your layers; they can swelter while you get dressed for a change.


window insulator kit3.  Make sure your home is properly insulated.

Note: clear plastic sheeting will work but it’s god-awful depressing to look at, not to mention the horrible rattling when the wind blows, so you might want to invest in some good Scotch or bourbon so take your mind off the fact it’s all you could afford.

4. Surround yourself with bright colors.

half empty liquor bottles


Suggestion: some of the labels on bottles of rum or brandy are very colorful and provide a twofer; they are pleasing to the eye and capable of raising the body temperature.



surfer5. Close your eyes and think of Australia.

Tip: try practicing gratitude your career doesn’t depend on playing in 90 plus degrees at the Australian Open.

About Nikki

Author of non-fiction books HOPE IN SMALL DOSES and BECAUSE I SAY SO as well as numerous published essays. Her new novel, THE FORMER ASSASSIN, is due out January 2018.
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6 Responses to How to Survive the Winter

  1. AJ Calhoun says:

    These are all very sound bits of advice. Since this is the coldest DC winter in nearly two decades, even though my house is tight as a drum and warm inside, I chill from the inside out for some reason, just as my father did. However, I have my love to keep me warm. This works remarkably well. Now we just have to convince the animals not to eat us in our sleep. Still California dreaming, too.

  2. B1 says:

    Yeah, it’s chilly, but it’s also (for us) just Canada in the winter. And I’ve been much, much colder and more uncomfortable. Although I’m getting just a tad tired of shovelling snow.

  3. Jim Parker says:

    I live in San Antonio. My plan is to wear long pants when I go golfing.

  4. Matt Paust says:

    B-b-b-brrrrrrrrrr…th-th-th-th-th-thanks, N-n-n-nikki!

  5. dede says:

    how about snuggling?
    It used to work for me…..shows what a good memory I have!

  6. Pocho says:

    You could also close your eyes and think of Uruguay. We lack the Uruguayan Open, but thermometer readings are the same but you would get more warmth down here!

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