Feeling the cold

Apparently, there is a scientific reason why some people feel the cold more than others. I could research these scientific studies, but that wouldn’t be in the spirit of the Internet. Instead, I will offer up my own uneducated opinion based on nothing other than my personal experience. My workplace is a good example. I work in an office and it can feel like midday in the Sahara Desert but there are other people who are cold. My shirt is sticking to my back, others are wearing thick jumpers with foot heaters out in full force

it can feel like midday in the Sahara Desert but there are other people who are cold

By my own admission I do not really feel the cold. While I am not in the same league as those who walk down the street wearing shorts in sub-zero temperatures, I am often warm when others are putting on jumpers or coats.

I haven’t always been this way and I think there is a big difference between feeling cold and actually being cold. I actually read this somewhere, but I cannot verify the accuracy of the article so it is possible I have made this up.

I am convinced feeling cold is a mind set.

I will use another example. I was in the high-arctic on an ‘expedition’ cruise and we had the opportunity to jump from the side of the boat into the Arctic Ocean. Now it was cold. I remember standing on a metal grated platform before jumping in the water and my feet starting to hurt. The water temperature must have been close to or just below freezing as thin ice kept forming on the surface.

I am convinced feeling cold is a mind set.

I jumped in.

Now it didn’t feel like a thermal spa, but I never felt particular cold. I swam about for a minute before being pulled in by a harness we had tied round our waist. There were a number of people who reacted similarly, but there were also a number of people who reacted rather differently. By differently, I mean reacting to the temperature of the water in a way that I can only describe as a person being in pain and swimming to get out as soon as possible as if their own life depended on it. The temperature of the water was the same for all of us, but how cold people felt varied greatly.

Just a thought.

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

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