Moving to a new cold weather climate? Find all the ways to cope, especially if you hate winter!
Until you’ve lived in an area with a winter climate, you may not understand the degree to which weather dictates your activities. Sure, a winter wonderland looks great on holiday cards and in the movies, but what about the realities of scraping your car windows every morning, heating bills that increase to hundreds of dollars a month, and a wardrobe that’s 99 percent layers?
If you’ve never been a fan of the winter and find yourself moving somewhere that cold temperatures are a daily reality, it’s important to find coping mechanisms as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you’re miserable—by starting early and making concentrated efforts to find the positive, you’ll enjoy a much higher quality of life overall.
Weatherproofing Your Home
The best thing you can do for your upcoming move is take some time to get your home ready for winter. At the most basic level, this includes a long list of maintenance issues like calling in HVAC and home heating inspectors, weather-stripping doors and windows, and checking for bad seals in your home’s exterior. If time and money are on your side, you might take things one step further by having a fireplace installed, upgrading your insulation, or even getting heaters put in your floors and/or driveway.
These types of things might seem like a lot of work—and in many cases, they are—but they almost always add to your home’s overall value. They’ll also ensure that you have a snug, winter-ready retreat to call your own…regardless of what the weather is doing outside.
Making the Most of Winter
Of course, having a cozy home isn’t going to magically make you love the winter weather. That’s why it’s also a good idea to find a few more coping strategies you can count on to see you through the long, cold days and nights.
> Winter Sports: Not everyone has a taste for the high adrenaline of downhill skiing, but there are plenty of other, lower-key winter activities you might love. Ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, curling, sledding, and ice fishing are just a few of the sports people who live in cold climates enjoy. Try a few of these out to find one that fits your lifestyle. You might be surprised at how enjoyable you find them.
> Winter Comforts: There’s something to be said for lying on a tropical beach with a drink and good book, but winter has its share of indulgences, too. A crackling fire with the one you love, hot cocoa, outdoor bonfires, warm baked goods, a hot tub out back…these types of treats might not be ones you’re used to, but they can make the cold weather seem inviting.
> Winter Wardrobe: Another important thing to remember is that a winter wardrobe is a necessity—and a delight. Sure, you can layer turtlenecks and leggings under your summer clothes, but that will only last for so long. Take advantage of winter fashions like huggable sweaters, cute boots, cozy parkas, and colorful scarves. A winter chic wardrobe won’t solve all your climate woes, but it can make you feel better about venturing out-of-doors.
> Winter Foods: Take some time to enjoy a new approach to dining. Traditional winter foods are usually rich, flavorful comfort foods like soups and stews, baked goods, hearty breads, and other tasty treats. Give yourself permission to indulge in these winter treats—not only will they warm you up, but you may even find yourself looking forward to the cold-weather months that make all this deliciousness possible.
No matter how long you live in your new city, you may never truly love winter—and that’s okay. As long as you try to find one or two positive things about the change of season, you’ll have something to look forward to every year.