It’s been extremely cold lately, especially for those of us who live in places that don’t usually get very cold. When it does get cold, you of course have to dress for it accordingly, you have to crank the heat up, and you have to refrain from yelling obscenities at people who walk around in shorts. I’ve never understood why people do this; maybe they are trying to prove something, or maybe their brains short-circuited at some point. Nevertheless, when the temperatures drop, you have to face it and make the best of it. Here are some ways to make the best of the freezing temperatures:
1. You could stay indoors.
All in all, this is by far the best option. The cold can’t come in. You can enjoy the heat huddled up on the couch in a blanket and sip a nice cup of hot chocolate. But sometimes the cold is relentless: it will bang on your front door and scream threats at you through the window. You have to try your best to ignore it, no matter how nasty it seems. Once, a long time ago, I caught the cold tapping on my window with a knife in its teeth. It seemed to mouth the words, “If I ever get in there, I’ll cut you good and deep.” I closed the blinds and rocked back and forth in the fetal position until spring.
2. Bundle up if you have to go out.
Sometimes, you can’t help but to leave the safety of your home. It is imperative that you layer up and wear a nice, warm hat. The less skin showing, the safer you’ll be. You’ll walk outside and that same cold trying to get into your house will be there with you, clawing, scratching and stabbing at your jacket. But there are ways to combat this, other than your layers. You could kick the air and scream like a banshee while running to your car. The cold is scared of such things, as well as the neighbors looking out of their windows. So, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone: the cold will back off, and your neighbors will never invite you to boring summer barbecues.
3. Stay in a group.
If you and your friends have to brave the cold, it’s best to do it together. While walking to wherever you’re going, stay close to one another, preferably all back to back, like elephants protecting their young ones in the center. The cold will be standing there–in dark alleys, around corners–and will look for any sign of weakness in your group. Keep your faces calm and stern. If you show any shivering, that’s an open invitation for the cold, and it will not stop, no matter what. The cold preys on the lonely, but if you stay in your group, the cold will keep its distance.
4. Take long showers.
One of the best ways to keep the cold away is to take long, hot showers. If, for some reason, the cold has found a way into your home, you must run as fast as you can to your bathroom and slam the door. Cut the water on, as warm as you can muster, and jump in. Draw the curtain just in case the cold finds a way under the bathroom door, and you should be fine–at least for a little while. It’s a fact that the cold hates warm water. In fact, when they meet, they fight to the death; that’s what steam is: the remnants of the battle. But, most of the time, the heat always wins, especially in close quarters. So let the shower fight for you. All you have to do is wait in its warmth.
5. Mind over matter.
If all else fails, this technique, if used correctly, will be able to work for you if you have an open mind. It’s called visualization, which is almost like a meditation technique. If done correctly, it will boost your confidence, and the cold will keep away. First, you must close your eyes and breathe deeply, in and out through your nose. This will be an open invitation for the cold to enter your body, but don’t freak out; it will be gone soon. Then you must try to picture yourself at a warm, sunny place–some place that serves margaritas under a palm tree, or something. It doesn’t have to be a beach bar, but that usually works for me. You must visualize every detail for this to work. Soon, you’ll start to feel the warm rays of sun and hear the waves of the ocean, or the gulls calling out above you. Now, the hard part is to hold onto this warmth you feel as you walk to wherever you’re going. It helps if you’ve brought sunglasses and a cane that blind people use. Keep your eye closed and keep visualizing. It will take longer to get home, but you’ll be warm while doing it.