I have always lived in a warm climate but when my husband told me that his job requires us to move to Canada. To my surprise I was not worried about whether I am going to miss my friends and family or how I will adjust in a new place but all I was anxious about was the weather!
I was nervous to move to a completely new place which is a bit scary for me as i can easily catch a flu with the first snowflakes that falls, on the other hand my husband who is a sport enthusiast is all worried for his game-day ritual, because Kayo Sports in Canada is seemingly not available anyways, He will find a way to watch it and it’s my time to get myself prepared to embrace the freezing cold weather.
Here are a few tips which will ease your anxiety and help you in bearing a colder climate.
Dressing in Layers
When you are living in a colder climate, dressing in layers is an essential thing to stay warm and comfortable. Start with a base layer that wicks moisture away from your skin, like thermal undergarments or moisture-wicking shirts. Then you will need to add a middle layer that insulates your body and helps in retaining heat, such as fleece or woolen sweaters. Then a final or third outer layer that protects you from wind and rain. Such as waterproof jackets.
It is a smart way to stay comfortable in changing weather conditions as by layering your clothes you can easily accommodate changes in temperature throughout the day. Another benefit of layering is that you can easily add or remove a layer as per your need.
Winterize your Home
Winterizing your home is a key to keeping you and your children warm in cold weather.
Check your heating system and have it serviced by a professional to make sure it is working efficiently. Replace your furnace filter and consider installing a programmable thermostat to save energy too. Insulate your attic, walls and floors to prevent heat loss. Also insulates your pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting.
Remove any debris or leaves or branches on your roof that can cause water to pool on your roof. Stock up food supplies and medicines in case of a power outage or severe weather.
Winter driving can be challenging and dangerous, especially in areas of heavy snow and ice.so make sure that your car is in good condition before you hit the road. Check your battery, brakes, tyres, and windshield wipers. And keep your fuel tank at least half full to avoid fuel lines from freezing.
Snow and ice can make roads slippery, so reduce your speed and give yourself enough time to stop. Avoid sudden movements, such as hard braking or turning as snow can cause your car to skid.
Keep a distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. As you can have plenty of time to react if the car in front stops suddenly.
Keep your headlight on. Even during the day, as it increases the visibility chances are more for other drivers to notice you. And make sure your windshield and mirrors are clean. Use a brush or a wiper to wipe off all the snow or ice from your car.
Know how to handle a skid, if your car starts to skid, stay calm and don’t slam on your brakes as it can cause your car to spin out of control. And also carry a winter survival kit in your car including blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, and extra food and water and also keep your phones charged.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that is related to change in seasons.it typically occurs in fall or winter months, when there is less sunlight. The common symptoms of it can include losing interest in activities you can enjoy, or feeling low all day long, feeling sluggish or irritated.
But there’s a cure to everything. We can handle it with medicines or a therapy, or you may also sit in front of a light box that stimulates light. Or try to do regular exercise or go outside during the day or try doing yoga to keep yourself calm.
Staying active in winters can be challenging but it is important for your mental and physical health to stay active. Try doing indoor activities such as yoga, exercises, dance or swimming, or you can also join a fitness club. Take advantage of winter by going skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing. These are great ways to keep your heart rate up and give you a sense of excitement.
If it is too cold to walk outside then try walking inside like walking in a mall or inside a community hall. But try to keep even a simple exercise in your daily routine as it will help you a lot in staying agile and happy.
Moving to a colder climate can be a big adjustment, but the above precautions can make your transition easier. With a little preparation and positive attitude you can thrive in your new home no matter how cold it gets outside.