Seeing as us Torontonians just got his with a ton of snow today (I’ve shovelled my driveway four times already- Four! In one day!!), so it seems like a fitting time for me to share this post!
Love it or hate it, you have to deal with this weather, and once you know how to prepare yourself, then this half of the year isn’t too bad.
See below for my ways that you can learn how to love winter!
Now in days, a hat, scarf, mittens, vest, double socks are all a staple for me from November - March. Buy the right pieces and take the time (and spend the money!) to get something good. Everyone loves their goose jackets, but my favourite is the wool vest that my parent’s friends brought from Serbia. This stuff is real wool and honestly keeps me so warm, no matter what the temperature is outside. I'd recommend for you to find a similar one because my core feels like an oven, which is just how I like it. Side note- some people think that it looks like an old grandpa vest, and I completely agree with them. #grandpalife
Learn how to love the outdoors
Those days when it’s bright and sunny, and not super cold, go for a long walk (make sure to take your sunglasses with you!) and then when the evening comes you can always go to the winter market and warm up with some German Glühwein.
Even though walking can be done during any season, it’s always fun to spice things up! Skating and sledding are cost effective ways to enjoy the season, and you can usually do them within the city, taking only a few hours on the weekend to enjoy it with some friends. Some warm coffee or hot chocolate afterward to warm up is always so enjoyable.
On the other hand, skiing and snowboarding usually take up the full day, are a bit pricier and usually are outside of the city. If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, it’s also a bit scary to think about zooming down a slope on two carbon fibre sticks and not being able to slow down/stop. However, that shouldn’t deter you! I’ve recently started skiing again after a 10 year hiatus (cost was what deterred me as a broke university student making $10 an hour, I couldn’t justify taking a day off of work and spending $100+ on a ski day) but I’m so excited that I’ve started skiing again!
If you’ve never gone skiing I do recommend that you try it out. I’ve never gone snowboarding however I wouldn’t mind trying it out! If you’re a Torontonian then you’ve probably heard of/been to Blue Mountain, if not, read my recommendations here of what it’s like to go for a weekend and what you should do.
Other things to do outside that aren’t as sweat intensive include snowshowing, dog sledding and snowmobiling. Now, I haven’t done any of these three, however for my next trip to Blue Mountain, I am looking into snowmobiling and I think that it would be a dope thing to do, I’m all for new experiences and I love adventures!
Use the Indoors to your Advantage
If you have a fireplace (you lucky bum!) light a fire, roast some marshmallows and enjoy the fire. Use the time to read or to learn a new skill. Declutter your wardrobe and do some interior design. If you're going to be at home, then do something useful instead of Netflixing all night. Essentially, you no longer have an excuse to do all of those things that you thought about doing because when there's a snow storm, you're not going anywhere (except to maybe shovel the snow... Four times lol)
Work on your New Year’s Resolution
It’s now mid February, and I’m sure that everyone had the right intentions back in January, but now that time has passed and life has gotten in the way, I’m sure that your motivation has dwindled a bit. Do what you can so that you have the same motivation that you previously had. If it’s workout related, you can always just workout at home. Even 20 mins a day (literally a TV show…) will make a big difference in your body, especially if you’ve never been an active person. You can always buy a cook book and work your way through it, especially when the nights get dark super early. Open up some wine and slowly work your way through a recipe. Whatever it may be, now is the time to really work through and complete your goals.
Whatever it may be, winter comes every year and unless you’re moving to the Cayman Islands, you’re gonna have to learn to deal with it. Hopefully these tips help to make the winter months slightly more bearable!