Winter is still here, and it’s colder than ever. Negative temperatures, nasty colds, thick unbearable snow and everything else that makes us scream for summer. To help you get through these next few weeks here on and around campus, I have created a “How to beat the cold,” list!
Number 1: Make sure you are staying warm. Dress appropriately, which means – COVER UP! I know wearing that big fluffy coat can get annoying and all those winter accessories, but this is how you prevent yourself from getting sick or even frost bite. Walking from Sibley Hall to Hawkins Hall in the cold is not exactly pleasing to our bodies.
SUNY Plattsburgh does a great job at keeping staff and students informed about weather conditions and if there’s contagious illnesses going around. Here, you can find information regarding weather emergencies and how you can be notified.
This leads me to Number 2: Avoid the nasty cold. Take care of yourself. As we know, there are very few days you are allowed to miss when it comes to your coursework. Take the time for self-care. Get adequate sleep, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and most importantly be sure to wash your hands several times a day!Number 3: Stay active.This is a great way to prevent winter sickness and avoiding couch potato syndrome. When thinking of ideas on how to stay active, outside of the gym, the first thing that came to mind was stairs. This could be because my assistantship is in Kehoe and Kehoe has ten flights of stairs. Have I made it to the top? Ha, no! (not yet!) Stairs are a great way to get a little boost of energy throughout the day.Number 4 – Make some plans to look forward to, whether it’s for Spring break in March, or for something great you will do this summer, focusing on fun plans for the future will help you get through these tough times.
Lastly, do your best to stay positive. I promise that spring is actually coming, and coming soon (30 days! http://days.to/spring/2015)
Without a doubt, this is a tough time of year to be in the north country, but every day of winter makes summer seem so much sweeter.