As we march toward spring, take a look at these Winter Rules, as published in the Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner, February 5, 1881.
- Never begin a journey until the breakfast has been eaten.
- Never take warm drinks and then immediately go out in the cold air.
- Keep the back – especially between the shoulder blades – well-covered, also the chest well-protected.
- In sleeping in a cold room, establish the habit of breathing through the nose, and never with the mouth open.
- Never go to bed with cold or damp feet; always toast them by the fire 10 or 15 minutes before going to bed.
- Never omit regular bathing, for unless the skin is in an active condition, the cold will close the pores and favor congestion or other diseases.
- After exercise of any kind, never ride in an open carriage nor near the window of a car for a moment. It is dangerous to health, and even to life.
- When hoarse, speak as little as possible until it is recovered from, else the voice may be permanently lost, or difficulties of the throat be produced.
- Merely warm the back by a fire, and never continue keeping the back exposed to heat after it has become comfortably warm. To do otherwise is debilitating.
- When going from a warm atmosphere into a colder one, keep the mouth closed, so that the air may be warmed by its passage through the nose, ere it reaches the lungs.
- Never stand still in cold weather, especially after having taken a slight degree of exercise; and always avoid standing upon ice or snow, or where the person is exposed to a cold wind.
So, are you a rule follower?!