Granted that winter doesn’t bring with it sweaty armpits and sunburnt faces, did you know that winter isn’t all soup and coziness? It has its ways of making you hate yourself and your body. Here are some of the winter stresses many of us face:
Don’t get me started on this. In the summers, my hair is a shiny mane, clean scalp, soft flowing hair. Winter arrives and BAM, Delhi finally has snowfall and it’s on my head. There’s only one reason I wear hoodies when it’s cold outside and it is to hide my head. Run your hands through your hair, BAM! snowfall. Brush your hair because it’s looking untidy, BAM! Is that chalk powder on your sweater? Oh wait.
Have you ever noticed how you go through winter feeling warm and cozy, all bundled up in your sweaters then suddenly summer arrives and you realize you’ve gained weight? Yes, it’s tragic. Winter=cold=eating food to keep yourself warm. We eat more than we realize and since we’re always wearing layers we don’t even notice our expanding waistline. Moreover, winter holidays have festivities such as Diwali, Christmas, New Year which means sweets, cakes, alcohol, and you’re fat.
Give me the fever. Give me the flu. But never give me a sore throat. This is what I feel. Everything is bearable except for that itchy, scratchy throat. It feels like a tiny porcupine is living in your larynx and it doesn’t wish to leave anytime soon. All you hear is people telling you to “gargle with salt water”. Do I look like I have the energy to gargle without throwing up? Your voice comes out all hoarse and if you’re a girl, can I say your friends mistake you for someone else over the phone?
My mother always tells me “apply moisturizer all over your body after you bathe.” This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Since its winter, our skin becomes dry and it needs to be taken care of. I understand that. But imagine having to apply moisturizer on every part of your body every time you shower! That’s a tough task. Sometimes I just apply it on my hands and face and say “all done”. But deep down I know that it is important and has to be done. Screw you Nivea!
Single Blocked Nostril
Ever heard of the single blocked nostril phenomena? Yes, it’s mighty fun to have. No both your nostrils aren’t blocked, neither are both flowing like the Ganges. It’s only one which decides to block itself nice and convenient while the other runs wild like a tributary of Yamuna. You cannot blow your nose as that will only aggravate the unblocked one. You cannot put nose drops only in one nostril as it will only mean that the other will get blocked in a while. So what do you do? There’s only one solution. You wait for winter to end.