Below zero temperatures, extreme wind chill, flurries and blizzards.....some of us are out facing that harsh winter weather! For those of you who are able to escape it or don't even need to endure it, I must admit that I envy you. For all my winter weather friends, here are some tips to help you survive these cold conditions physically and mentally!
1. Get the Fire Going.
On the below freezing days, I recommend cozying up to a warm, crackling fireplace with a hot cup of joe. If you don't have a fireplace, we've got you covered with our personal tabletop fireplaces and our ventless fireplaces. Whether you live in a tiny loft apartment or spacious home, we have the sizes, styles, and colors that will perfectly complement your home’s decor.
Plus, our personal ventless fireplaces are better for your home and the environment as they do not require the use of electricity, gas, or chimney. This makes them a safer, cost-effective, cleaner option. They burn using eco-friendly bioethanol fuel which means no soot or smoke is left behind. Easy, peasy right?
2. Keep Hot Drinks on Hand.
One of the best ways to keep your body warm and happy is a mug full of pure hot liquid! I personally prefer tea, but a cup of steaming black coffee is also a great choice. The goal is to keep your internal temperature nice and warm in hopes of you finally feeling more comfortable externally, as well. Check out these 9 hot winter drinks from Real Simple.
3. Step Up Your Indoor Fitness Game.
You can't do your cardio outside on the icy, slippery streets - so bring your workout plans inside! With the help of our fitness equipment, you can accomplish plenty of your fitness goals from the comfort of your own home. You won't have to step outside into the grueling temps and harsh winds for a workout again if you don't want to. Before getting started with your new indoor routine, check out our post about making the most of your New Year resolutions for fitness and better health!
4. Practice Your Cooking and Baking Skills.
Now is the time to perfect your favorite family dish or traditional holiday recipe! Plus, you'll save a lot of money preparing your own food and avoiding eating out at restaurants. Our cast iron cookware is naturally non-stick, so they’re easy to clean and season. We offer pre-seasoned cast iron skillets, pots, pans, Dutch ovens, griddles and more!
5. Release Your Inner Child - Play Games!
Stock up on board games and card games - preferably your favorites ones from when you were a kid for an extra fun level of nostalgia. Perhaps you'd rather dabble in a little ping-pong or foosball....whatever indoor game you choose, it's a great way to pass the time until the warm weather slowly seeps back into our lives! We also offer pool tables and air-hockey tables if that's more your jam!
6. Invest in Heated Blankets, Heated Mattress Pad, Heated Everything!
Heated blankets are a true blessing when Father Winter unleashes his ice cold wrath. If you live in a state where winter exists about 6 months of the year, it's an investment that's totally worth it! There are even heated mattress pads out there for your bed for an extra layer of heat and warmth! Anything that brings heat into your body and into your home is a must during these miserably chilly months, and will help you survive the freezing tundra that awaits you outside.
7. Snuggle Up With a Furry Companion.
The ultimate tip to surviving the winter season is companionship! There's nothing better than snuggling up under a fuzzy blanket with your pet. Studies show that even petting your cat or dog alone can relieve stress, and boy does stress pile up during the chilly winter months! Make sure to spend plenty of time with your pets this season; it might make the brisk temps seem a little insignificant and less bothersome when you see the tiny smile and hear the soft purr of your content kitty!