Top 10: Ways to survive winter

Kate Baxendale

Although this winter has been unusually mild, there is still the possibility of experiencing a frigid period during the end of February or March. In order to combat winter boredom or the cold while running across campus, here are some tips to avoid the winter chill.

1. Bundle up

Wear lots of layers, scarves, gloves and warm socks. Forever 21 has adorable knit headbands to keep your ears warm while walking around campus, averaging around $3.80. For men, consider wearing a stocking cap to keep your ears covered.

2.Thermal underwear

No, it is not a thing of the past, and yes, it does make all the difference. No one will know you’re wearing it under your clothes and you will be guaranteed to feel much warmer. Hanes thermal underwear sets are only $9 at Wal-Mart.3.Get cozy next to the fireplace with a good book

Try Carl Hiaasen, author of quirky mystery novels such “Skinny Dip,” “Lucky You,” “Scat” and many more. Though you may be hard-pressed to find an old wood-burning fireplace, some restaurants such as Gram & Dun have fire pits on the back patio.

4.Avoid extremes

Keep your thermostat at a mild temperature to prevent shocking your system and drying out skin.

5.Hot beverages will warm you from the inside out

Treat yourself to a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. Don’t care for coffee? Hot chocolate or green tea also do the trick. Keep your thermostat at a mild temperature to prevent shocking your system and drying out skin.

6.Netflix

Too cold to go outside? Nothing to do inside? For about $8 a month, Netflix can stream thousands of movies and television series to your computer, Wii or other game console. Catch up on the latest hit television series or even relive your favorite moments on “Friends.”

7.Moisturize!

Winter’s harsh conditions can leave your skin looking less than luminous. Try St. Ives Skin Renewing Body Lotion for about $6 at most drug stores. It is non-greasy and has a fresh scent suitable for both men and women.

8.Got a case of the Winter Blues?

This is commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Light therapy has been proven to be an effective method of treating the disorder. Try Trademark Home Collection Sunlight Desk Lamp, averaging about $25 on amazon.com. Don’t want to spend money? Allowing natural sunlight into your home during the winter can help nix those depressing feelings.

9.Shop online for new spring/summer clothes

Metallics are in for spring 2012. This is a sure way to boost your spirits during the winter months. It gives you something to look forward to after winter’s dreariness has dissipated.

10.Shop online for new spring/summer clothes

Even if you are staying in town, make plans to go bowling, see the hyped spring blockbuster, or check out the sculpture park in front of the Nelson-Atkins. With something to look forward to, winter won’t seem to be such a drag.

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