Even though it's getting closer to the spring season, winter still seems to be an every-day issue. This is why I would like to give you some personal and honest recommendations:
1. Dress appropriately: I remember back in 2010 when I used to live with a host family, one member said to me, “Hey Angela, you’re not in Colombia any more…Bundle up”. Even thought if you heard this over and over again, you should take this advice seriously. Never forget your gloves, your big puffy jacket and use double thighs/pants and so on. You can get some appropriate items on amazon.com. Here's one example on how to dress up for the winter:
2. Smile and read If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino and write a post when you're done.
3. Stay active: I try to much as much as I can now. Before, I thought that sitting or staying at one place would help me to keep me warm. However, this is not a healthy decision and will give you something call “winter blue”. Ask Minnesotans what is this all about. It is better for you to move and walk even inside of your department. If you are more adventurous go the gym and give your body warm by exercising. Go ice-skating, cross country skiing or sledding.
4. Bring your some snacks to school: Going outside when it’s -6 F is not a great idea. You can bring food that can help you to get through the hardest days and you don’t have to go out often. This has helped me a lot the past years.