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Winters are synonymous with dark mornings and even darker evenings with chilly long days in between. Although some relish the cold weather and thrive in winter, most people generally cannot bear to be cold.
Winter can be a let-down. With the days short and with lots of shoveling to do, there is a lot of misery in the air. In fact, winter blues are so serious that it can snowball into a serious condition known as seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.
The symptoms of this form of depression include increased lethargy, general feelings of hopelessness, as well as bigger appetites and weight again. Women, as it turns out, are more likely to experience it than men.
It is unclear as to what causes S.A.D to develop but the prolonged lack of sunlight during the winter months is most likely to blame. Scientists say that the lack of sunshine during the colder months upsets our biological clocks, which sends our serotonin levels into a frenzy.
So what’s a human to do? Do everything in your power to stay warm, of course! To help you out, here are some accessories that will help to make your winter a lot more bearable:
A good pair of thermal socks
It is a well-known fact that having the right essentials such as thermal clothing when spending long periods outdoors in the cold can make all the difference in the world. Most thermal socks are made using wool or some sort of wool blend. This means that no matter how cold or wet it gets outside, your feet will still be able to retain enough heat to keep warm.
At first glance, thermal socks might look like your ordinary pair of socks only that they operate a little differently. According to Giftwits, Thermal socks trap the heat produced naturally by your body so that it can be utilized for keeping your feet warm and toasty during winter.
And they’re not just great for keeping your feet warm. Thermal socks are thicker than most varieties of socks, and the thickness is what will provide more support for your feet, preventing you from getting nasty and painful blisters or any other injuries that develop as a result of increased friction.
Window insulating kit
A room that hasn’t been properly insulated during winter loses heat easily through thermal transfer; windows usually are the biggest culprits as heat is easily lost through the glass. As such, one of the best and easiest ways to ensure that you stay warm during winter while saving money on heating accosts is by insulating your windows.
There are several things you can do to ensure that you are maintaining as much as heat as possible in your home during winter. Some of these things include caulking or weather-stripping. But these tasks are often complicated and if you’ve never attempted them before, it is easy to wind up with a mess in your hands.
A window insulation kit is an easy and stress-free way of keeping cold air outside and warm air inside. All you have to do is install the crystal film over your windows so that a heat-trapping barrier can be formed.
Touch screen gloves
Using your phone outdoors during winter can be a tricky thing and even potentially dangerous because you risk developing frostbite if you do. So how is one supposed to answer important phone calls, reply text messages, or advance in Candy Crash without freezing their fingers off? Enter touch screen gloves.
As the name suggests, touch screen gloves are gloves that allow you to use your phone or tablet screen easily, these gloves are designed with touch screen sensitive panels around the fingers so that you can use your phone without having to take your gloves off. Now touch screen gloves have been around for years so it is surprising to discover just how many people don’t know that they exist.
If you struggle to use your phone during winter, do yourself a favor and get yourself a pair or three; you won’t regret it. Touch screen gloves come in an array of designs; leather gloves are outfitted with touch-sensitive panels, chunky knit ones contain conductive threads sewn with the fingertips. There are so many options for you to choose from, all you have to do is pick a style.
A quality windshield cover
When temperatures drop and it starts to snow, protecting your windscreen for damage is essential. The windscreen is arguably one of the most susceptible components of the modern car. That’s why it is so important to invest in a quality windscreen cover that can keep your windscreen intact while making it easy to get rid of any built-up snow.
With a nice windscreen, it means that you no longer have to waste time and energy scraping off accumulated ice, which could potentially damage your windscreen. And the windscreen isn’t just useful during winter’; in the summer, you can use it to protect your windshield against direct light, which can wreak havoc for the interior of your vehicle.
Save yourself time and soreness (from your back muscles) during winter by investing in a thermal windshield cover, a small but mighty accessory that only requires minimal effort for great returns.
A good ice scraper
There is seriously no way that you can get through winter without a good ice scraper especially if you live in a city that freezes over. There is just no way that it can happen. And even though a lot of people know the value of a quality ice scraper, you would be surprised to discover how easy it is to forget.
Go for an ice scraper and brush combo so that you can make light work of snow scrapping. Most scrapers are durable and easy to use. Best of all, they are dirt cheap for the work they promise to do.
So you’ve got all your basic winter essentials all sorted out. We’re talking about your coats, gloves, hats, boots and thermal underwear ready. Though you think that you have everything prepared, there are a few vital items that you may be missing. Not to worry though, this list of essentials should make sure that you’re covered.