In Maine, even on the coldest days of winter, I am amazed to see people outside in shorts! Many people wearing light jackets or sweatshirts, with no hats or gloves, dash from cars to buildings. Even a short distance in extreme cold can make life pretty miserable.
We lose most of our body heat through our heads, the most exposed body part in cold weather — with the exception of bare legs for those who wear shorts. If you find winter to be uncomfortable, here are a few things, other than traveling South, you can do to feel better.
1. Stash several chap sticks for easy access in your coat pocket, your car, in a place close to your door, or in a purse for quick and frequent use. Cracked lips are not fun, especially when eating chips.
2. Use over-the-counter eye drops, “Tears,” to replenish the moisture in your eyes, which can become dry faster in cold weather. Avoid crying!
3. Use a little vitamin E oil on a Q-tip to soften and soothe dry, itchy ears. Share with your cat or dog.
4. Apply sunscreen to your face when going outside for recreation even in cold climates, and use moisturizing lotion every day. Your skin will thank you as the years go by.
5. Get outside and enjoy the winter as much as possible. Exercise helps stimulate circulation and helps keep you warm. Dress in layers and wear a hat.
6. Keep your chin up and a Maine Warmer close at hand. We are now on the downhill slope of winter!