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How to prepare for a COVID-19 winter

  • Keep on pedaling

    Anyone who got obsessed with cycling this year has two options in the winter: Invest in cold-weather gear, or buy an indoor trainer so you can stay warm and dry.

  • Play in the snow

    Mountain resorts all over the world have adopted new ways of doing business. Check out your favorite resort’s website to learn what they’re doing to keep snowboarders and skiers safe.

  • Boost your mental health

    Depression spikes in the winter, and a sense of isolation can lead people to engage in risky behavior. Avoid both by planning ahead with ways to boost your mental health.

  • Shop for things that bring you joy

    Yes, retail therapy is a thing. But don’t just consume indiscriminately. Think of the best way to be happy at minimal cost, whether it’s a comfort meal or 60 minutes of movement and escape at the yoga studio.

  • Don’t be S.A.D.

    Sad is not just an emotion, but a scientifically recognized syndrome that affects some people when sunlight is in short supply. Sun lamps and vitamin D are two low-cost ways to beat seasonal affective disorder.

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  • Say no to isolation

    Feeling lonely is increasingly commonplace in 2020, especially for those who live alone. Fortunately, there are ways to connect online, from Slack groups to language meetups.

  • Say yes to counseling

    Even the best-adjusted are struggling already, and from what the experts say, we have many more months ahead. Online counseling and support groups can both help, and sometimes they’re free.

  • Optimize your work-from-home space

    Anyone who’s new to working remotely because of the pandemic is more than aware of the need to adapt. Fortunately, there are tips for everything from decorating your space to using white noise to drown out distractions.

  • Zoom better

    Thriving in an environment where meetings have gone almost entirely online requires learning new etiquette and new tools. Basic upgrades, from a standing desk to mounting system for a monitor, can help make video chats less of a drag.

  • Explore safe, socially distanced commuting

    Anyone who’s used to using mass transit but isn’t comfortable with crowded buses and trains will have to find new commuting options during the pandemic. Winter boots and/or traction cleats are one possibility for walkable but wintry commutes.

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