Anyone who says they like winter is liar. It’s dry, depressing, dark, and let’s be honest, downright dangerous (alliteration intended). Most of us live here because we were born here, found work here, or foolishly fell in love with someone who lives or works here. I mean, sure there’s something existentially beautiful about a freshly fallen snow that covers our whole city in white, but give it a few hours and it will become the dirty, congested, ice-trap we all experience for six months of the year, every year.
If you’re like me, you probably don’t have any immediate escape plans, so the following is a list of 5 tips that will help you not only survive, but also maybe even make the most of this barren wasteland we call home.
1. Accept that you’re going to be late
Everyone gets a little extra wiggle room, especially after a snowfall, and stressing out about being late is only going to make you cranky/crankier and more likely to get into an accident. Then you’d REALLY be late. Skip the drive-thru and give yourself some extra time, but if you’re late, that’s just one of the costs of living in Edmonton.
2. Trust no one
Did you overhear your coworker say it’s supposed to warm up on Friday? It’s not. And even if it does, it’s better to be pleasantly surprised than utterly disappointed.
3. Have perspective
Try to focus on being grateful that even in this cold and crappy season, we’re lucky enough to live in one of the best countries in the world. One flip through the news solidifies that bearing the cold is well worth the perks that we get for being lucky enough to live in the true north, wild and free.
4. Online shop
There’s a Norwegian saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. While I don’t completely agree, they may be on to something. Cyber Monday is this Monday, so why not stock up on some cozy vests and scarves from the comfort of your warm bed? It definitely couldn’t hurt.
5. Don’t be afraid
Although tempting, trying to hibernate all winter will probably just make it go by slower. Try to get out there (wearing your new gear from Tip #4 of course), and make the most of some great activities Edmonton does have to offer in the winter!
Bonus adorable puppy pictures can be found here!