When it comes to winter, most people fall into one of two camps—you either love it or hate it. Some eagerly await the cold and snow, while others would much rather hibernate through it.
How to survive the winter (even if you hate it)
If the winter months leave you feeling just as cold on the inside as they do on the outside, take heart. Even haters can learn to enjoy (or at least tolerate) winter with the right tools and right frame of mind.
Don't get sick
Cold and flu season peaks during the winter months, and with up to 20% of the population getting the flu each year, it's no wonder some people equate winter with misery. You'll enjoy the winter months much more if you're not battling a cold or flu, so make sure you take preventative steps like washing your hands often, getting enough rest, and getting a flu shot to help lower your chances of getting sick.
Fight SAD with sunshine
Long, dark days can get depressing for anyone, but for up to 10% of the population, the gloomy days are even worse and can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Spending some time in the sunshine when possible can help lift your spirits with a little Vitamin D. Light therapy and regular exercise can also help you beat the winter blues.