Hands up if you miss dry roads and daylight? We do! Welcome to our Winter Survival Guide.
Yes, snow can be easy on the eyes but the realities of winter can pose some real dangers. Here’s a few dos and don’ts to help you get through winter in a good mood and with all your bones intact.
Seasonal affective disorder, also known as the winter blues, affects thousands of Brits every year. The main reason for the winter blues is the lack of daylight, particularly in December, January and February. To beat the blues and make sure you feel comfortable venturing outside, we’ve written up a quick winter survival guide to driving, walking and being.
Make sure you’ve got your winter kit in the boot of your car so you’re ready for whatever the season throws at you. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the road and having to wait for help to reach you, especially when it’s cold and there’s endless Bublé on the radio.
When you’ve packed your winter kit and are ready for take-off, there are a few extra things you should remember when driving:
- Always bring a charged phone even if you think you don’t think you’ll need it. Accidents happen and you might need to call for someone else.
- Drive the conditions not the speed limit. As soon as the temperature dips below 2-3°, the temperature of the road is probably already sub-zero. And when the roads are sub-zero, they’re extra slippery.
- Keep your windscreen and windows clean. You need your full visibility, every day, all year.
- Snow on the roof? Don’t be lazy. The snow can slide down and block your view anytime, which is incredibly dangerous. Also, it’s illegal. Get the snow off your car before you take to the road.
- Don’t do any harsh accelerating, braking or turning. Change your speed moderately and use your gears to slow down.
- If something happens and you get stuck out in the cold, call for help, wrap up and stay in your car.
Dashing Through The Snow
Do snowy paths make you nervous? Does the Winter Wonderland make you squirm?
Well, after you’ve read our short guide to Dashing Through the Snow, you’ll be all set to venture outside.
- Choose the right shoes. You need footwear that has a good grip.
- Walk like a penguin. Take short, careful, flat-footed steps, spreading your body weight as evenly as possible.
- Keep your hands out of pockets and don’t use your phone on the go.
- Wrap up warm. There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes. (Okay, and maybe drizzle too.)
- Take your time. It’s way better to be late and in once piece than in A&E
The short days and cold temperatures can easily sneak up on you and your wellbeing. Learn to lighten the mood and take some inspiration from our Scandinavian neighbours.
The popular Danish word hygge (hue-geh) is listed as word of the year for 2016 and is nearly impossible to define. It is a conceptual state of mind and what hygge means to you isn’t necessarily what hygge means to us.
A recurring theme when trying to define hygge is the art of appreciating the ordinary. Hygge can be anything from doing the dishes together, snuggling up in a blanket, having dinner around the table or looking out the window with a warm cup of tea.
It’s a conceptual feeling of being at the right place, at the right time, and being happy there!
Try and incorporate whatever hygge means to you into your everyday life and feel the warming effect. Taking time to wind down and enjoy life is important to your health.