New York living can have its challenges even on the best of days and with the temperatures reaching record lows and at least two more months to go, it can be hard to keep it together. We’ve put together five tips for getting through a New York Winter:
1. Dress the part. Most of us rely on public transportation to get around and that can mean exposing your body to extremely cold temperatures while you walk to the subway or wait for the bus. But once inside, the blasting heat can rival that of a tropical getaway (minus the beach and drink with umbrella).
First, start with your jacket. This should be an investment piece as it becomes your main fashion staple into the Spring. You can opt for the mega parka which gives you the advantage of maintaining some fashion sense underneath or else something with room in the sleeves for layering. Check out Refinery29’s The Perfect Winter Coat For Every New York Neighborhood.
Hats and gloves are key and gloves should have finger access for easy access to your metro card without having to remove them and risk frostbite as well as swiping because let’s be honest, arctic freeze or not, you’ll still be swiping.
2. Stay Active. Once you get over the shock and misery of having to do anything in this weather, getting outdoors is actually a better health option than staying indoors where the stale air and close proximity to those carrying the cold put you at risk for getting sick. If you have the right clothing, it’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air and take on the sluggishness and lack of energy that comes hand-in-hand with winter.
Central Park takes on a magical quality after a snowfall. Ice Skating is another great option and there are several places throughout to test your ice legs. If you are feeling ambitious and have the means, there are many great day trips like winter hiking (Anthony’s Nose and Breakneck Ridge are easily accessible by Metro North) that will give you a new perspective on the cold months as well as overnights where you can ski, snowboard or go tubing (Catamount and Butternut have a variety of trails). Staying active in the cold has the added benefit of burning more calories than in warmer months, which also increases mood (goodbye SADNESS).
3. Stay Connected. Speaking of moods, they tend to plummet in the winter as shorter days take hold. It’s important to stay connected with friends and family as well as yourself to beat the winter blues. The great thing about the city is it never sleeps, or shuts down, no matter the weather and grabbing a movie or a bite to eat are usually easily within reach without too much of a commitment. The Central Park Zoo birdhouse is humid and warm and a perfect way to warm your bones. On days when you just can’t stand to out into the cold, try to indulge in what makes you feel good. A long bath (bath bombs anyone?) and a DIY mask (check out Allure’s 8 Skin-Transforming Face Masks You Can Make Out of Food), organizing your home, cooking, and baking or even a Netflix binge (check out the best movies on Netflix right now).
4. Take Care of Your Skin. Between the freezing cold air and the dry heat in every building, winters in New York can wreak havoc on your skin. Cracked, chapped hands and lips will only add to the misery. For outdoor and indoor protection look for an “ointment” that is oil based. We swear by Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. Not only is this cream multifunctional (meaning, you can use it on your face, hands, lips, legs, etc.), but it also promises to hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, thanks to a simple, six-part formula (olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee propolis — which, according to Egyptian Magic, may actually be a replica for a legendary skin cream found in ancient Egyptian tombs). Check out the reviews.
Even though it’s cold, sunscreen is crucial in the winter. Gloves are the best protection not only against the cold but also against dry hands and a hat protects your hair. Lastly, make humidifiers your friend (The 7 Best Humidifiers to Buy in 2018). They will help protect against the dry heat indoors. You can also add lavender or another essential oil to lift your mood.
5. Remember, This Too Shall Pass. It can be hard trying to get through the winter, but it will come to an end and before you know it, we will all be complaining about how hot and muggy it is. Although it may be hard to consider, the days are getting longer (as of December 21st) and soon this too shall pass. Making plans for the future is a good way to make the present more bearable. Whether it’s planning a trip or working towards a goal, setting something up to occupy your time in the dreary days will help pass the time.
How do you stay sane during the winter? Comment below.