This year I decided I was going to embrace winter. Not just survive it; actually enjoy everything it has to offer (which isn't much in my opinion).
So my question is, what do you do in those moments? Summer is so carefree and requires minimal clothing. Winter is Summer's rigid, imposing, unwelcome cousin who overstays his welcome. I'm not a fan.
I find it very humorous that the year I finally decide to fall in love with winter, we have the driest winter on record. Sure it's been cold, but there has also been more sunshine than the last three winters combined. (I know I am setting myself up here. The very moment I press "Publish" on this post, mother nature will send her snowstorms and I'll be wearing Uggs well into June like last year.)
For those of you who are in my "I hate winter" camp, I've come up with a few methods that seem to make it a little more tolerable.
1. Drink tea. Hot cocoa is good, but it gets old really fast. I've started drinking a glass of tea every morning. This little ritual helps me to get out of bed even though it's frigid outside of my nice warm covers.
2. On that same note, drink water. In the summertime, I easily drink 100 oz of water a day. In the winter it's a different story entirely. Even though my body needs it just as much, I don't seem to crave it the way I do in the summer. But drinking water makes me feel a million times better.
3. Buy really good boots. Don't buy the knock-offs or the fake leather. You wear the same coat and boots 98% of the time in winter. You will want to burn them by the end of February, BUT they make a huge difference. I am terrified for when the whole tucking-your-skinny-jeans-into-your-boots trend goes out of style. It keeps my feet and pants so much drier. I may just have to keep rockin this look for the sake of my sanity.
4. Use a humidifier. So I have occasionally used a humidifier the last few winters when Nate and I sleep at night. It helps a lot with my dry skin. But I went over to my friend's house and she had it running during the day with essential oils. I haven't gotten around to buying the essential oils yet, but her house felt amazing. Seriously.
5. Speaking of dry skin, I have discovered the best exfoliator. We all know Nate works for a skincare company, but even their exfoliator doesn't always get the job done for me (their other products are amazing, though). In the winter, my skin gets so dry it actually hurts. I talked to a dermatologist and she said that a good exfoliator would make a big difference. You know what I finally started using? 1 part sugar with 2 parts olive oil once a week. It has completely changed my skin. It doesn't smell the best, but it works wonders. I'm not sure where I discovered this recipe--I think it was on one of those Yahoo! question boards or something. Totally legit.
6. Move to a warmer climate.
So #6 isn't a real possibility for most of us, but the rest of the advice is pretty sound and easy to follow.This is what I've learned after nearly eight winters in Utah. I talked to a man who grew up in California and has lived here for probably 40 years. He still dreads the winter. Still! I just can't handle dreading nearly half of my year every year. Hopefully these ideas help someone else who gets the wintertime blues. And if you have any winter wisdom, post it in the comments. I would love to add a few more tricks to my arsenal.