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Hibernation 101.1

admin - Wednesday, January 13, 2016


verb hi·ber·nate  \ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt\

(Of a person) remain inactive or indoors for an extended period

When temperatures drop to single digits, it’s tempting to hibernate – to spend your weekends as inactive as a black bear, dreading any plan that involves leaving your heated, cozy apartment. But just as squirrels and small critters collect nuts and seeds months before hibernation, you too must prepare for the season. Here’s all you need to know in the first installment of Hibernation 101:

~preparing your mind for the winter~

While November and December spoiled us – average highs straddled between 40s and 50s – January is on average the coolest month in Pittsburgh.

Repeat after me: It’s going to be cold

The worst thing you can do when facing January’s impending frozen doom, is to pretend that it’s not cold. We’ve all been guilty of this – thinking you’ll be okay without a jacket, not wanting to mess up your hair by wearing a hat, being too lazy to look for that second glove.

  1. Stop pretending it’s not winter (because it totally is) and wear your jacket, hat, and gloves. The more coverage you have, the less shock you’ll feel when that first burst of spine-chilling air sends shivers up your whole body.

Think Ahead: Your Digits are Important

  1. Know where your keys are at all times. No one wants to dig in their purse, backpack, pocket for keys and risk frostbite. Before leaving your apartment in the morning and work at the end of the day, make sure your keys are accessible.
  2. Free up your hands. Need to answer that phone call? Use headphones to connect and keep your hands and phone in your pocket.
  3. If you must text and walk at the same time, buy some texting gloves. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=texting+gloves&tbm=shop

Don’t feel prepared yet? Don’t worry. There are more tips to come.