Welcome to January– it’s officially Winter. Yes December technically also counts as Winter, but there’s the whole Holiday Season that distracts you from the fact that it’s f*****g freezing. Now that Christmas and Hanukkah are behind us, we have to accept the fact that we are in the cold dark depths of winter. So here’s a Gentleman’s Guide to Surviving Winter.
It’s just a fact that waking up in the mornings in the Winter is the worst thing. Once you finally wake up, you might feel like you’ve conquered the day. But by 4:00pm, it’s dark again and you lament ever getting up from bed in the first place. By 5:00pm, you’ve Googled how much it would cost to buy a house in Costa Rica. By 6:00pm, as you’re shivering while walking home from work in the half snow half rain, you question whether Global Warming is even a thing (Just kidding– climate change is very real).
Everyone needs a little more TLC (Tender Loving Care) in the Winter. You see your wife lather up with lotions and oils, and think that guys don’t need that. But no, she’s always right. Winter means dry and pasty skin. Toss a little bottle of Kiehl’s hand lotion into your briefcase. Pick up a tube of Carmex chapstick at CVS. Whereas in the Summer the sun and the heat are reminders to stay hydrated, in the Winter it’s easy to forget to hydrate. So remember to drink water!
Keep a Routine
There’s something about Winter that makes it easy to lose your motivation, but it’s important to keep sight of your goals. If going to the gym regularly is something you value, don’t skip it. You might be thinking that you don’t want to walk to the gym in the cold and no one knows if you workout anyways because your body is wrapped under all the Winter layers, but it’s important to keep up with your routine. If having a guys night out makes you happy, don’t skip it. You might be feeling like you want to be a hibernating homebody, but it’s important to keep up your routine.
Pick up a New Hobby
In the Summer, there’s a plethora of things to do: go to the beach, have a barbeque, take a walk outside. In the Winter, you might feel like there’s not as many fun options. So it’s important to try something new: read that book you’ve never got around to reading, paint with watercolors, sign up for DuoLingo to learn a new language. If you distract yourself with a new hobby, before you know it’ll be Spring again.
January can be rough, but if you follow this Gentleman’s Guide to Surviving Winter then you can retain your sanity.
It’s easy to not feel your best in the Winter, but luckily the team of image consultants here at Henry A. Davidsen can get you outfitted into custom clothes that will make you feel good about yourself (and keep you warm!)