Vermont is a beautiful State.
It is beautiful year round. Of course from November till late March Vermont doesn’t seem to like you much. In fact it seems like it wants to kill you. The roads can be treacherous and the air makes you cry with its subzero temperatures. The neighborhood buttons up so you’re lonely until spring when the old ladies next door reemerge. While it might appear that Vermont has it in for you during the winter I’m here with ways to fight back.
Beat Old Man Winter at his own game.
1: Go outside EVERYDAY. I’m serious. It sounds stupid and the idea of spending 20 minutes bundling up the kids is already giving me a slight panic attack but the fresh air, however bracing it is, will do everyone some good.
2: WEAR A HAT… and some boots… and a pair of mittens… and a down coat for that matter. Yes I know you are an adult and you can make your own choices and I honor that.
But its cold out and I can guarantee you no one is noticing your cute hairdo or outfit if it’s -15. They are just admiring your stupidity.
3: Sweat. I’ve been that woman running in negative temps and I’m sure I will again but these days a good elliptical “run” or shoveling the driveway gets my heart pumping and the endorphins moving. The cold dreary day doesn’t seem so bad afterwards.
4: Plan your summer. Book a camping trip. Scout out a new beach you’d like to try. Sign your kids up for summer camp. The prospect of looking forward to the beautiful sunny days Vermont has to offer is bound to cheer you up…or give you something to live for.
5: Embrace it. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s not going to end soon. So why not embrace it. Strap on a pair of skates and hit up a community rink. Go to the beach and explore the lake while its frozen, even the shore has something to offer. Visit the local sledding hill. You never know who you’ll meet there.