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The season’s change is bringing on a gust of cold wind that lets us know that winter is looming. Days of shoveling snow, gloves, scarves, hats, and seeing your breath frost in the morning air are upon us. Especially here in New England, the winter months seem to last forever. When the time comes, here are some tips on how to keep yourself warm during this winter season.

Fuzzy socks and cozy sweaters

The first golden rule to cold weather is dressing for warmth. These must-have cold weather staples not only keep you warm but can add to your overall style as well. I can just imagine the look: the cozy gray sweater above a cute pair of black booties and white fuzzy socks. It paints the picture of comfortable and cozy that is the ultimate goal in the cold weather. 

Keep a cozy space

Candles, candles, candles. Anything that gives out warmth or even the illusion of warmth works to ward away the cold weather. Light a fireplace or bring up a YouTube video of a fireplace on the TV and light a candle. Make sure the kitchen is stocked with all the hot chocolate or tea you could ask for. The cozier your space is, the warmer you will feel both inside and outside. 

Extra blankets 

Anyone who knows me knows how big of a blanket person I am to begin with. So, any excuse for more fuzzy blankets sounds good to me! And if all the extra blankets lead to a snuggle sesh, that’s even better. 

Sunbathe indoors

One of my favorite things to do when it first starts to snow outside is to find the patch of sun in front of a window and sit in it. I call it indoor sunbathing. I find that when it’s snowing outside, the sun seems to shine a little brighter and the heat from it is just a little bit warmer on the inside. Maybe it’s something about the reflection of light against the snow, but whatever it is, it is my favorite way to get warm. Not to mention, sitting in the sun and watching the snow from the window is so peaceful, and I always leave the moment feeling a little more grateful than when I started. 

Hot baths 

The cold gives you an excuse for a little self-care moment. Bust out those lush bath bombs and bubble baths and run a hot bath. It’s great for relaxation and comfort. Little self-care moments allow you to feel warm and taken care of, which are so important when the weather gets colder. 

Try some of these tips to stay warm this winter!

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Myna Chadalavada

U Mass Amherst '22

Myna is a senior neuroscience and biochemistry double major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is passionate about her research in emotion regulation and wants to find a way to use her words to change a life. You can find her in the greenhouse, on a rooftop garden writing poetry, the 23rd floor of the library with a book in her hand, or a room with a piano.
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