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Published on January 30th, 2013 | by thevyne

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The Vyne 9: Nine Ways to Make the Most of Winter

By Vyne Contributor, Gigi Hayes

Most of the country is either going through, recovering from or gearing up for frigid temperatures.  To help you through, here are nine ways to make the most of winter (for people that really hate the cold):

1.  Warm up, by moving around (i.e. now’s a great time to get into the groove with your exercise routine).

2. Although it’s cold (really cold in some parts of the country), everything really does feel cozy.  Enjoy the happy feeling that comes from things that make you feel cozy, like warm clothes, soups & stews, hot bread fresh from the oven and snuggling under blankets.

3.  Catch up on all of those books you’ve been hearing about.  A lot of magazines and newspapers released their best of list in December, Oprah’s book club is back and revamped with online and social media elements; and there’s a ton of the movies that originated as books recently released on DVD and the theater.

4. Take the time to learn something new or pick an old hobby back up.  Local craft stores, both chains and mom & pop shops probably offer classes; and check out what’s available at your local public library, night schools and community colleges.

5.  Now is the perfect time to get your skin ready for warmer weather.  If you have to wear thick socks and gloves you might as well take advantage of the extra moisturizer and water your body needs to fight winter skin.

6.  Go enjoy the great indoors.  Is there really any better time to visit local museums, just because?

7.  If you’re always on the run, take the opportunity of the slow pace of winter to unplug at least one weekend.  Disconnect all of your electronic devices and take some quiet time just for yourself.

8.  Get organized.  Get a jump start on your spring cleaning; review and hone your goals for the new year, make sure your budget works.  If you are a goal setter, this will help keep you on track.

9.  If you have the means for a quick last minute get away, take advantage and go someplace.  If you don’t have the funds for a get away, start saving and planning for a trip later in the year.

Tell us: how do you make the most of winter?

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