8 Ways to Survive Winter

Posted on 17. Feb, 2015 by in Campus Events

Indiana Winters can be brutal, and this season is no different. It’s cold, it’s wet, and it’s draining. So how does one trudge through the cold and the snow and make it to March 6th? Here are eight tips on how to make Jack Frost’s bite a little less:

1. Ditch the cold drinks!

I know we all like our Frappuccinos and what not, but its time to stick to hot coffee or hot tea. Not only will it be warm going down your gullet, but also warm your hands while you hold it! Whether you just got out of the cold are heading out into it, warm hands are essential! Which leads me to…

2. Touch-Screen Friendly Gloves!

Walking to class, the HRC, or wherever, you’re probably going to be texting, snapchatting, or finding music to listen to. This can be problematic though, seeing as this exposes your hands to the frigid cold, because you can’t use a touch screen if you have normal gloves. Speaking of music…

3. Listen to warm tunes!

We all have our favorite songs, and I’m willing to bet everyone has a favorite summer song. Normally we listen to those when it actually IS summer, but why not kick out the jams in the depths of winter? Listen to songs that sing about the warm, the sunshine, or warm sunny places. “California Girls? Summer Lovin'”? the entire 40 oz to Freedom album. Whatever you want! My recommendation is local Indiana band Triptides. They’re from Bloomington and they are righteous. Sunny, warm tunes all around. Check out their song below! and hey, speaking of sunny…

 

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4. Enjoy the sunny days!

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the sun is dormant for months on end. Somedays, the sun is shining and is as warm a baked potato (when you don’t get this reference, check out the song below. It’s from the guys who did South Park… it’s their very first movie!), and for those days you need to soak up the sunshine and save it in your reserves for those dark depressing days. Just open the shades on your windows and bask in the warm glow of the UV rays! And hey, while we’re talking about baked potatoes…

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5. Keep in shape!

It is easy for us to stop working out or eating healthy during the Winter because we have layers and layers of clothes on, so no one REALLY knows if we’re in shape or not. So if being in shape is your thing, just remember that Spring Break IS coming up pretty soon, and you don’t want to have to go on some crazy workout/diet routine to get the beach body you had last Spring Break, keep it all year round! But if dieting and exercise isn’t your thing, you should still try and remain healthy, because we love you here at Dawg Dish and only want the best for you! Speaking of layers…

6. Dress warm!

I know that sounds like a silly thing to say, but there are way too many people walking around in way too few clothes for the outdoors. It’s obviously a personal preference, but people, I assure you that real pants are necessary for 15 degrees. You’re not impressing anyone, so why not be warm? Dress for the weather! But if you’re dead set on wearing shorts…

7. Use the Hot Tub/Sauna!

That’s right! If you’re a full time student at Butler, you have access to the HRC. Aside from helping with tip five, the HRC can be a great place to go heat up. There is a hot tub, pool, sauna, and well… heating, all at your disposal. Take advantage of what Butler has to offer.

However, if all else fails, if you don’t want to ditch your icy beverages, buy touch friendly gloves, listen to summer songs, bask in the sunlight in your room, workout, dress warmly, or use the resources at the HRC then…

8. THINK WARM THOUGHTS!

The least we can do is not dwell on the frigid temperatures. It may not help as much as a space heater or an electric blanket, but there is something to be said for the power of the human mind. Think about your spring break plans or finishing up the semester and getting to go (hopefully) to your sunny, warm home.

When all is said and done, spring isn’t that far away, but it will take a few chilly or downright freezing walks to class to get there. But we here at Dawg Dish are excited to see you in the spring in the warm UV Rays. So bundle up, we’ll see you on the other side!

I leave you with a quote from my favorite author of all time:

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was, in me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

 

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About Quinn Hurley

Quinn Hurley is a first year student who enjoys things such as the Constitution, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Punk Rock, all things animals, and Coen Brothers' Films. He is majoring in English Literature. His future plans are to write comic books and screenplays, eventually winning multiple Oscars for writing and directing. Quinn hails from Muncie, Indiana where he inspired tens of people to be a better person. His favorite quote is "Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face."

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