Culture and Lifestyle / DIY / Miscellaneous

Baby, it’s f—ing freezing outside.

I’m sure we’ve all heard mention of the “polar vortex” during the last week or so of single-digit temps. I’m no expert scientist, but basically: it’s hella cold. If you’re like me, you’re not about that freezing-to-death-outside life, and so you’ve probably spent quite a lot of your break indoors. But staying in doesn’t mean staying bored! Here’s some tips for what to do when you’re snowed in (or just too cold to leave your home):


  1. Get comfy. You’re not going anywhere and you’re not seeing anyone, so go ahead and break out the fuzzy socks, the sweatpants, the hoodies, and the snuggies. No shame. Or better yet, surround yourself with comfy things and build a blanket fort! Curl up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a good book for the ultimate experience.


  1. Jam on. There’s nothing like some good music to keep you company. Spotify’s my new best friend – it has an almost limitless library of music, recommendations tailored to your personal tastes, and it’s free! My favorite winter jam? Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood. Hands down. But feel free to share your own favorites in the comments below. 🙂


  1. Catch up on all your favorite shows and movies. A new year means new seasons to watch, so catch up while you can! Hopefully you set up your fort in front of the TV, but if not, your laptop + Netflix = a beautiful thing.

  1. Work on your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re feeling a little unproductive, don’t sweat it! Take a break from lounging and get a head start on your exercise routine. has tons of low-key yet effective workouts that you can do right at home. Have other resolutions that don’t involve venturing outdoors? Dedicate a time block (say, half an hour out of every two hours) to reaching your goals: this could range from learning a new instrument to organizing your closet.


Stay warm,

Carley Chan


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