Living in Boston and the surrounding area can bring about some unique challenges when it comes to weather. From heavy snowstorms to rainy days, those who are new to the area may find themselves struggling to cope with the elements. Whether you’re a student attending school in Boston, a teacher, or an urban nomad, there are a few things you can do to help make the weather more bearable.
The first thing to consider when coping with extreme weather is dressing appropriately. For example, during the winter months, it’s essential to wear a coat that can handle the cold weather. Look for something that’s well-insulated and has a hood to protect you from the snow. Additionally, you should invest in a good pair of boots. Boston winters can bring heavy snowfalls, and having a pair of waterproof or water-resistant boots with good traction can be a game-changer. The most slept on piece of clothing however is Gloves, get them, they do more than keep your hand warm they protect your skin from becoming dry and cracking, and allow you maintain fine motor skills while holding your Dunks coffee in one hand and dog leash in the other.
During the winter months, Bostonians take to the streets with truckloads of sand and salt in order to make walking and driving safer. But, that salt and sand can be abrasive and tough on your skin and clothing (and on your pets paws). One way to combat this is to make sure you have protective footwear on for both you and your pup, but another way is to consider using a barrier, such as Vaseline, on your exposed skin. Additionally, try to avoid wearing clothing that may be easily harmed by salt or sand, such as suede shoes. If you do get salt on your suede just remember you have 60 minutes before the salt burns start setting in, and if your dog or cats gets salt in their paws be wary that it can also burn them just like your favorite pair of suede boots.
One of the best ways to cope with extreme weather is to embrace it. Don’t let the rain and snow keep you cooped inside all winter. Instead, try to take advantage of the weather. Go skiing, sledding, or take a winter hike. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during the winter months, and experiencing the beauty of the weather can make it more tolerable. In Florida people rent Jet Skis, well in New England we rent Snowmobiles.
Being connected with others during extreme weather can be very comforting and can help to make the situation more bearable. Whether it’s finding a coffee shop with a fireplace or just spending time with friends and family, having a reliable support system can make all the difference, don’t wait for the weather to change to have fun, life goes on.
During the extreme weather we might have, it’s essential to remember to take care of yourself, cabin fever is a real thing. This can include making sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and staying hydrated. During times of crisis and even just yucky weather, stress levels can rise, so you should also engage in activities that help to lower your stress level, such as meditation, yoga, or again embracing the cold and going cross country skiing instead of staying trapped inside. Get what little sun is available during the winter your serotonin levels will thank you.
Living in a city like Boston can be challenging, especially when it comes to the weather. But, by dressing appropriately, using salt and sand, embracing the weather, connecting with others, and taking care of yourself, you can cope and thrive in even the most extreme weather conditions. With a little preparation and a positive outlook, Boston's rain and snow can become just another fact of life.