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By Linda Cavanaugh

Winter 2015 is what New Englanders’ refer to as a tough winter! Emotions are running high; we’re exhausted from shoveling, snow blowing and plowing and stressed from trying to get around crowded cities and towns. We barely shovel out at our homes and businesses when we are hit with yet another major snowstorm. All we can do at this point is Practice Patience! Slow down and remember that we are all in this together.

It is tough for everyone, whether you are driving, walking, or riding the MBTA; we are faced with longer and more difficult commutes to work and school. Our essential personnel, first responders and snow removal folks have been working hard day and night; they are weary but will continue on until this is over.

So what can you do in order to make it through the rest of the season with ease? Consider the following tips:

  1. Remind yourself every day that we are all in the same boat.
  2. Give yourself a little more time traveling. Whether you have a job interview scheduled or you are trying to get to work, make sure you leave yourself enough time.
  3. Mentally prepare yourself for a longer commute than usual. Save yourself the added stress and realize before you leave your house that you will encounter traffic and delays.
  4. Be extra kind and more understanding of your fellow man. Stay calm and help those who need assistance.
  5. Give yourself a break. Take the weekend to try something new, learn a new hobby or catch up on some rest and relaxation.
  6. Each day when you wake up take a moment to breathe and think, today I will “Practice Patience”!


The good news is that spring will arrive! Let us know, how do you plan to get through the rest of the winter?


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