A Saskatchewan girl’s way to cope with cold

Lisa Goudy
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I’m positive I’m not the only one sick of the extreme cold.

Being a Saskatchewan girl all my life, you’d think I’d be used to it by now. Alas, I am not. Every time it rolls around I’m just as cold as if I were experiencing it for the first time. Maybe if I lived in -43 C all year round I’d be used to it.

But Saskatchewan isn’t like that. Weather in this province has a tendency to shift from one extreme to the next in a matter of days. While writing this column, Environment Canada states Moose Jaw is under an extreme wind chill warning with wind chills potentially reaching -48 C.

If the weather forecasts are correct, by the time you’re reading this column the high will be -12 C with far less wind. That’s a huge difference. It makes it very hard for the body to get used to any one cold temperature (if that’s even possible).

Don’t get me wrong. I love a lot of things about Saskatchewan. I just don’t love cold Saskatchewan winters.

I know many people might be waiting with baited breath to see if the groundhog sees a shadow or not on Groundhog Day tomorrow. While I wholeheartedly believe the groundhog tradition is a good lot of fun, we need to be prepared for the worst no matter what the groundhog sees.

Being prepared for the worst cold weather imaginable is the best thing we can do to cope. Personally my ideal solution to cope with the cold is to escape to someplace warm for the entire winter. Realistically that’s not going to happen.

I find one of the best things to remember is to dress in layers. Enough layers should keep you warmer outside. If you get inside to work or school often you’ll be too warm. The beauty of layers is you can always take some off to be comfortable inside and out. Not to mention at home you can add a layer of a blanket or several blankets to try and stay warm.

Drinking hot beverages is another way to warm up the body for however short a time. Classic beverages such as hot chocolate, cider, coffee or tea are all excellent choices.

But of course don’t forget to plug in your car and get a block heater. You won’t regret it. If your car won’t start, get someone to boost your car or call someone to help you. As a precaution, keep a sleeping bag or big blanket in your car just in case you get stranded somewhere.

Don’t forget to do exercise too. Exercise will activate the parts of your body and create heat. Not only can you stay healthier that way, but it’ll also warm up your body. But if you don’t feel like leaving the house, that’s OK. Do some stretches on the floor or jumping jacks or something to get moving.

The last tip I leave you with is to make sure to find the silver lining in your day. Focus on the good things and the positive things. Find something in your present to enjoy or something in your immediate future to look forward to. Without it life, particularly in winter, will seem to drag on.

It’s important to find the best things in a day to help us survive the winter no matter how ridiculously cold it gets.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw

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