Did you ever read the poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee” when you were in school? It’s about a gold miner from Tennessee who dies in the arctic, and his partner has agreed to cremate him. When the speaker opens the furnace after the cremation, however,
And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: “Please close that door.
It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm—
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”
When I read it, I felt a humorous resemblance to the titular character. Even as a kid, I’ve always been a person who was cold all of the time. I’ve spent years trying to find solutions to this problem, especially now that I’ve moved to Massachusetts! I’m sure my health issues don’t help at all, so today I’m going to tell you how I deal with the cold as a spoonie.
Blankets are your new god
First thing’s first: You gotta find some good blankeys. Now not every kind of blanket is gonna be great for everybody, so you’ve got to find what works for you. I like layering a bunch of different ones on top of each other with the fuzziest one on the bottom. They’ve gotta be soft for me though. (Your taste could be different, though!)
Speaking of blankets…
Electric avenue is the street to take
If you can afford them, electric blankets are a top notch warming tool. They are on the expensive side, though, unfortunately. I was gifted one for Christmas one year and it was my 24/7 buddy until the cord died. (It’s really soft though so I still use it as just a regular blanket.) It can also help with external pain, as well. Perfect for trying to deal with the cold as a spoonie.
Leaving the house? Wear lots of leggings!
Part of the reason I love leggings so much is because they’re very layerable. (Is that a word? Able to be layered, anyway.) Tuck the ankles into your socks and you can put on more pants overtop of them! I wore three pairs of leggings and a pair of sweatpants the other day. I was so warm. It was heaven.
Socks socks socks
Socks are another great layering item. Especially if you’re going outside in the snow, layer up. I like to have my outermost socks be a really tall pair of cute ones that I can fold over the top of my boots. But that’s just me. You can hide all of your socks under your pants if you want to.
Also, I have a lot of friends who make fun of me for wearing socks to bed, but you try sleeping with feet this cold and no socks! 😔
Ugly sweaters are not just for Christmas
Okay so technically most of them are, but listen. They’re warm as hell. The only downside is if you try to layer those nobody can see the prints underneath. And that’s no fun. Also sometimes people look at you like you’re a dork. I’ve accepted my own dorkitude but that might not be your bag. In which case luckily there are just plain sweaters that exist out there, which can help you look like someone who isn’t a dork while you’re trying to deal with the cold as a spoonie.
You can’t spell glove without love
Around winter, gloves can usually be found fairly cheap. Often Walmart and Target will have low-quality pairs for just a few dollars. Finding the right gloves can be a challenge for me because of some of my sensory issues. But I can sometimes grit my teeth and bear it as long as they keep my fingers from going numb. (Unlike the one pair of gloves I have. No good.)
Get that heart rate up
Of course those of us who are disabled can have a massive hard time with this. And obviously I’m not advocating for anyone to push themselves beyond their means. But for myself, when I can exercise, I try to make sure I do. Even a small amount can get me sweating, so it definitely helps when it’s wicked cold. And of course I can always retreat back under my blankets when my heart rate normalizes again.
Get that internal warmth on
In winter for me, coffee and tea become essential. I’m a big fan of hot chocolate, too. And, as unhealthy as I know it is, alcohol is even more welcome than normal. I know it actually drops your internal temperature, but it makes everything feel warm, and isn’t that the point? (This is a joke. Please do not rely on alcohol to keep warm.)
Body heat is the best heat
People with partners and large dogs know what I’m talking about here. Cuddling is an excellent way to stay warm, and grow the love. You might need to stick the dog’s bowl in bed to get them to let you cuddle them, though.
How do you deal with the cold as a spoonie?
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