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Surviving the Winter Chill: Essential Tips for Students

With the cold temperatures swooping in the last couple of days, getting accustomed to the cold again can be a challenge. Whether you’re a resident or a commuter student, we must all embark in the cold in order to succeed (unless you have all online classes). Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when trying to navigate the freezing temperatures this winter. 

For Health:

  1. Stay healthy
    • Yes, it’s important to stay healthy all year round, but in the season full of sniffles it can be hard. Remember to practice good hygiene practices such as washing your hands. You can also incorporate vitamins into your diet to prevent a cold. 
  2. Invest in a good heavy coat
    • A good heavy-duty coat will keep you warm all winter. Never forget to bundle up-that includes hats, gloves, scarves, and even extra layers. It’s better to have too many layers instead of not enough.
  3. Protect your skin
    • Stay moisturized. With the cold temperatures, your skin is often left dry and/or ashy. Invest in a thick lotion or vaseline to keep your skin hydrated. 

For Car:

  1. Let your car warm up
    • With just an extra 30 seconds to a few minutes, you can save the longevity of your car’s engine. It allows the carburetor to mix the air and fuel properly.
  2. Keep your gas tank at least halfway full
    • In case of an emergency, such as getting stranded or having car trouble, you have enough extra gas to keep the car running and keep you warm. 
  3. Important items to keep in your car
    • First aid kit
    • Blanket
    • Weather-appropriate change of clothes
    • Winter boots
    • Shovel, ice scraper, De-icer
    • Water
    • Snacks

During the winter season, it’s easy to get bored or sad because of the lack of time spent outside. It’s okay, it happens to all of us! Here are some ways to combat those feelings. 

How to improve your seasonal funk:

  1. Decorate
    • Some may say it’s too early, but I say go for it. Start pulling out those Christmas decorations. Your dorm room may not have room for a full tree but you could definitely get a few snowmen, reindeer, or even a small Christmas tree to add to your desk!
  2. Winter festivities 
    • Gather some friends and make some gingerbread houses or make paper snowflakes, or try having a Friendsgiving dinner! Being surrounded by loved ones will improve your well-being.
  3. Find a new hobby
    • With the extra time in your room, it’s the perfect time to get into a new hobby. Try cooking, sewing or even painting.

To help you navigate the freezing temperatures this winter, keep these tips and tricks in mind. Stay warm and stay focused on your goals!

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