Moving to America’s last frontier is a big step, but one that is filled with excitement, anticipation, and adventure. But in order to take on your first winter in Alaska, there are a few things that you should consider to make your time there as enjoyable as possible. Winters in Alaska are cold – perhaps colder than you’re used to. Also, the most northern parts of Alaska see around two full months of complete darkness during the winter which can be a lot to handle for many people. Even if you’re the type to enjoy the peacefulness of the darkness and the coziness of cold weather outside, there are times when you might feel a little overwhelmed or depressed as the winter wears on. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to liven up your life during your first winter in Alaska that will help to ensure your success in this unique place.
Warming to the Conditions
- Adjust to the darkness. It’s going to be dark, but you don’t have to through your routine to the wind. Keep the same routine you normally would and try using a sunlamp to simulate natural sunlight. This can help you keep track of the days and prevent depression.
- Embrace the elements. Keep your driveway and walkways clear from snow and ensure that your vehicle is equipped with winter tires. You may get used to driving snowmobiles and ATVs, or using snowshoes to get around and participate in different activities.
- Bundle up. Wool is where it’s at – it helps to keep moisture away from your body, and provides excellent coverage to keep you warm. Be sure to add layers of clothing in preparation for longer periods of time spent outdoors.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
- Socialize. It might be cold and dark, but your first winter in Alaska should be filled with new friends and new experiences. Host or attend a game night, sit in and watch a movie, or do something special with a group that gets you talking and sharing with others.
- Get outside. There is a never-ending list of things to do in Alaska both during the summer and the winter. Get outside and enjoy your first winter in Alaska – even if you simply go for a walk, there’s a lot to take in in the infinite wilderness.
- Choose a hobby. Learn to mush sled dogs, take up rock or ice climbing, or save your breath and grab a camera to capture some of the most unique shots on the planet. Doing something you enjoy during the dark winter will help you feel useful, empowered, and relaxed.
Your fist winter in Alaska can be as full as you want it to be, as long as you put yourself out there and try something new. Just remember to stimulate your mind, experience new people, and take it all in.
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