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Your Winter Survival Guide

It’s almost mid-November and you know what that means: snow! Did I just hear a chorus of groans with one faint “Yes!” in the background? Many Canadians are indifferent towards winter. Let’s face it, it’s part and parcel of living in this country. And, believe it or not, there are actually people who love this time of year, mainly because of the (potentially) great skiing.

Then there are people like you and me. We mourn the loss of fall and pray for the arrival of spring. Staying inside is not our bag during the summer, but winter? Yeah, I’ll just curl up in a blanket and watch TV, thank you very much.

OK, bottom line: there is nothing we can do about winter, but here are some tricks that can help you survive it:

Stay Active

Exercise is very important and a lot of people gain weight over the winter because they cut back. Even if you don’t want to go outside, join a gym or get an exercise bike. Staying fit will also help you beat the winter blues, so get at it!

Prep for Winter Storms

We usually get at least one major winter storm each year that causes power outages and everyone to stay at home. If your electricity does go, you need to be prepared to spend a few hours in the dark. Make sure you have flashlights, extra warm clothing, and keep all of your devices charged on a regular basis, just in case.

Keep Healthy

Bundle up when you go outside, be sure to wash your hands regularly, and get a flu shot. Winter is tough enough without getting sick, so take a few minutes to keep yourself healthy.

Go on a Vacation

OK, this one is obvious, but it’s also the most effective! Aloha!