Six Reasons Why Winter is the Worst


By Megan Kramer

Winter brings a certain atmosphere with it when it finally rolls around—lights start decorating homes and businesses, coffee cups turn red, people don cozy sweaters and no longer judge you for wearing leggings 24/7. But underneath the holiday cheer, when we’re all knee-deep in the old, trodden snow of January, winter really sucks.

Here are six reasons why:

Being on time takes even more effort.

If you live in a place where it snows or freezes, you now have to incorporate the weather into your schedule. Whether you have to scrape ice off of your car’s windows or deal with slow traffic because the roads haven’t been plowed, the time adds up. Time you could have spent sleeping, if it were any other season.

Going outside is a chore.

Baby, it’s cold outside, so you need to prepare. Even a few minutes outdoors means covering practically every bare inch of skin, sometimes in multiple layers. And forget going anywhere after a shower, unless you want to risk having your hair freeze and snap right off.

Traveling is a nightmare.

Even after the frenzy of the holidays is over, it still seems like everyone and their mother is trying to go somewhere all at the same time. Are less people traveling by foot? Are we all subconsciously flocking together for warmth? Does it just feel that way because the weather is slowing us down, grounding planes, and being a general pain in the ass? The world may never know.

It’s aesthetically displeasing.

Sure, snow looks pretty in the beginning. But after it gets muddied up, kicked around, and peed on by dogs, it’s just gross. Not to mention, a vast majority of nature is either dead or hibernating.

Ice is super dangerous.

It doesn’t matter if you’re driving or walking, frozen water is a constant threat. Tires can lose traction. Huge clumps of ice can break off of buildings and crush you. Icicles can likewise break off and impale you. It’s Final Destination out there, but with more believable characters.

Winter depression is a real thing.

You may have heard of the phrase “winter blues.” The term is really a disservice to the condition, however, because it’s not just feeling blue, it’s actual depression. The lack of sunlight can throw off your body’s hormonal balance, resulting in either depression or what’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. While SAD can occur during the change from spring to summer, it’s much more common in the winter.

Fortunately, winter doesn’t last forever. It just feels like it does. But if you’re in need of a bright side this winter, there are ways to embrace the cold.

Megan is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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7 thoughts on “Six Reasons Why Winter is the Worst

  1. unscriptedcafe says:

    Aw, I love winter, so while I completely appreciate and even agree with the cons noted in your post, I still love this weather. There is something so invigorating about my walks with the dog when it is cold and dark. The stars shine so brightly, and the air is so crisp. There is just something about brisk days that make me smile.


  2. allthoughtswork says:

    Six Reasons Why Winter Rocks Hard

    1. Even the lightest winter outfit covers all the problem areas. Yay, fleece.

    2. No one judges you for using eggnog as coffee creamer at six o’clock in the morning.

    3. The smell of a wood burning fireplace all a-glow.

    4. Watching your significant other come in from the cold, hauling more firewood in his muscled arms, breathing hard and looking good enough to bite.

    5. Warm bed in a cold bedroom, thanks flannel sheets and the wood-hauler heating it up for you with all his biteableness.

    6. 50% off sales, December 26th.

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