Dec 15, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Riverside and Corona
It’s December now, and that means that the cold is only going to get worse. For some people, who are always cold, this means going the extra mile to prepare for ice-cold toes and incessant shivering. But, for other people, they can wear a light jacket over their t-shirt and call it good.
Here are some facts on how our bodies react to the cold, what affects our individual response, and theoretically how one could get used to the cold:
Here’s how we react when we feel cold:
These are all involuntary reactions we have to the cold, all thanks to our brain. However, the severity of these responses varies per individual.
There are many characteristics involving our ability to handle the cold, such as:
For people like me who have Raynaud’s or other conditions that impair their ability to handle the cold, unfortunately not.
In theory, however, once someone is in an environment for a period of time, they begin to adapt to it. For example, if you reside in a polar region for a long time, you’ll begin to build a physiological tolerance to the cold.
Many people don’t willingly want to face the cold, though. They choose to bundle up and avoid it instead, and that is perfectly okay, too. However you choose to handle the winter weather, as long as you enjoy it, who cares how many layers you’re wearing?