Winter is coming – or is already here in some parts of the world – and along with it comes the cold breeze, snow, hail, and rain. Where I’m at in the states, it hasn’t snowed yet, so I’m preparing by curating a list of fun and snow-free activities that I can do from the warmth of my own home!
Hopefully this list helps you get creative and have fun on days you don’t feel like dealing with the cold.
Puzzles are a great activity that you can do solo or with a group. They’re a great, creative way to work on problem solving and critical thinking skills. When done in a group, they can help build communication skills as well! According to this article, puzzles not only “sharpen your memory, improve brain function, but the clarity of mind and thought helps clear out the clutter in your mind.” When you’ve finished your puzzle, why not save or frame it?
Baking is a fun way to pass time, and great to do on your own or with family/friends. Why not try our version of healthier cookies? Not only will you have a tasty snack in no-time, but the chocolate will probably cheer you up!
Read a book
As someone who is constantly buying books and never finding the time to read them (oops!), winter is a great opportunity. Sitting down with a good book is a great way to practice mindfulness as well as learn something new. We have curated a list of some great books here. If the idea of reading a book doesn’t appeal to you, check out our list of the health benefits… you might just reconsider.
Treat yo’ self
Not feeling like hitting the slopes for skiing or snowboarding? Treat yourself to a nice spa day at home. Make a bubble bath, try a facemask, paint your nails, or deep condition your hair. Do whatever helps your stress levels and relax! You have all the time in the world – pamper yourself.
Clean and organize
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly the most fun on the list. But if we’re getting serious, cleaning and organizing your place can improve your mood and lower stress levels! Take an hour or so out of your day to clean or organize anything you want – it doesn’t have to be your entire place. Ever wanted to organize your closet? Now is the perfect time!
You may have noticed I left some things off this list… namely, anything dealing with technology. Sometimes taking a break from social media is a good thing, especially when you’re planning to hibernate all day – don’t want to feel FOMO!
So whether you’re staying indoors on your own or with friends/family, make a point to stay present.
By: Samantha Thayer / Photo Cred: Viktor Hanacek