Winter Weather Tips - Blog - 89.9 The Wave
January 17, 2020 | by: Jamie Paterson

Winter Weather Tips

People were asked online for their best COLD WEATHER/WINTER TIPS.  Here are some of the best ones:

1. Drink more water!

In the summer, you don’t need to be reminded to drink water and hydrate.  But in the winter?  You’re wearing layers to wick sweat away from your body, the humidity in the air gets really low, and you’re not feeling hot, so you don’t always remember to drink enough water.

Drink more water; kidney stones are no fun!

 

2. Window insulation kits — which you can order online for less than $20 — are a game-changer when it comes to bills.

Put the window insulation kits on. You lose up to 55% of your homes heat through windows.  This will drastically help your electric bill and minimize the draft.

 

3. Be a penguin!
When walking on icy surfaces, think like a penguin. There is a reason penguins walk how they do; it keeps them stable on the slippery surfaces they are accustomed to walking on.

Take short steps. Keep your arms out to your sides for balance. And it is counter-intuitive, but lean slightly forward while you are walking. This will help you keep a good center of balance and reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling.

 

4. Savor the sun when it’s there.
Make the best use of sunshine when it comes. Go for a walk if possible.  Sit by a window ten minutes a day, even if it’s cloudy.  Amazing antidepressant.

 

5. …and when it’s not there, take D vitamins.
If you’re somewhere where it gets dark at 4 PM a full month before the winter solstice take vitamin D supplements.

 

7. … or replicate the sun’s rays with the magic of indoor lighting.
Get a “sunrise” alarm clock, AKA an alarm with a light that gradually brightens before the alarm goes off – it makes it a little easier to get up in the pitch darkness of winter without wanting to throw up.

 

7. There’s a secret shoulder trick that’ll help keep you warm.
When you’re really cold and shivering a bit, you’ll find your shoulders are tensed up and elevated. Relax your shoulders and bring them down to your sides.  It’s weird, but it makes you stop shivering and feel much warmer.

 

8. Use this Jedi mind trick to slow yourself down on icy roads.
When you are driving on slick roads imagine your grandma is in the passenger seat holding a crock pot full of hot chili

 

9. The idea that booze warms you up is just a myth.
Drinking alcohol does not warm you up. You actually lose heat a lot faster with booze in your system. (you just don’t care!)

 

10. Cotton is a bad idea in freezing temps.
Layers are your friend, but cotton sucks because it doesn’t keep it’s insulation value when wet/damp. Wool, silk, and some synthetics will still keep you warm even if they get wet. –

 

11. Don’t assume that rain instead of snow equals safe driving conditions.
When you get around freezing point (32 °F or 0 °C) you want to be mindful of rain conditions. Snowstorm or blizzard is alright because they usually take place at lower temps. But around freezing, you can get freezing rain conditions. We all know how fun that can be!  Ice typically forms first on bridges, overpasses, elevated structures, highway on ramps, hills, low-traffic roads (so rural or off the main streets), brick or cobblestone surfaces.

 

12. Your car’s “eco mode” may be perfect for driving in the snow.
If your car has an ‘eco mode’ you never use… congrats! that’s your snow mode now. Econ modes usually provide gentler acceleration to save fuel, and driving on snow is safest with gentle acceleration and breaking.

 

13. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you don’t need sun block.
If you live in a place with snow, make extra sure to wear sunscreen on sunny days, as the snow can reflect it even more than usual/ without snow.

 

14. Body oil is surprisingly adept at locking in heat!
Using a body oil out of the shower will keep you incredibly warm. Like, people who are always cold in the office, be careful doing this because it’s so effective at locking in warmth. Neutrogena does a nice one.