Many students living in Tartu are from warm countries including me as well. Hope this blog will help them to survive in harsh winter.
Winter in the future will couple with more snow, dry air, sickness and everything else that comes up with winter.
Here are five ways to keep you sane during this bleak season:
- STAY ACTIVE
You should try twice as hard to stay active as you do during the summer. Do exercise, skiing and even walk.
- BEAT THE WINTER BLUES
Winter isn’t exactly the happiest of seasons, whether you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or not. Just focus on positive things.
- WALK AND DRIVE SAFELY
Sometimes streets become slippery, so to avoid any accident walk slowly. Snow may be good when it is falling, but as soon as you have to drive somewhere, it becomes your worst enemy, so be careful.
Walk as shown in the following picture:
I also experienced slippery during first snow and got fall down on the street just outside Raatuse 22.
Luckily, there wasn’t any single harm to my body but be careful that it would cause a minor fracture also… So it’s better to walk like a penguin.
- AVOID DRY EYES AND SKIN
Cold temperatures and snowy weather may seem like winter’s biggest downers, but dry air can also cause lots of annoyances. Your skin and eyes will probably be a lot drier in the winter months, so make sure you take extra care of them. Cover up your face and eyes, use a good moisturizer, and get a good humidifier if your feel your room to be a little dry.
- AVOID SICKNESS
Cold weather may not directly cause colds, but cold season is definitely in full swing. You don’t have to hole yourself up to avoid getting sick, you just need to take a little extra care: get a good amount of sleep, wash your hands often, and stay active as in (1).
When most of us get sick, the first thing we do is rush to the drug store to stock up on over-the-counter medicines: whether it’s the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (found in cough syrups like Robitussin) or the antihistamine doxylamine succinate (found in the sleep-inducing Nyquil). Oddly enough, though, the well-supported cold treatments are things you can find lying around the house.
1) gargle with salt water
2) try a little honey
3) increase your fluid intake
4) inhale steam (take sauna bath)
5) orange juice for vitamin C
6) milk or water which contain vitamin D