11 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter
It's that time again. Winter.
It's time for warmth, comfort, good food, and pleasant talk while enjoying a warm cup of beverage. It excites both joy and blues. While some cannot wait for the cooler weather, others dislike the frigid temperatures and the sicknesses that follow the cold air. You are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest snowstorm, cold polar vortex, or gloomy rain.
However, it doesn't mean you should be stuck in bed or sitting on a couch all day. You should challenge yourself and try to find activities to fight the boredom. Three years ago was my first winter in the US, and it wasn't very pleasant. I had a winter sickness due to the weather change from a tropical and humid climate to cold and freezing weather. After a while, I slowly adapted to the change.
Fun Things to Do List
I decided to make a list of fun things that I did last year and a few new things that I will do this winter. Believe it or not, there are many fun and useful things you can do while you are stuck inside the house. Sometimes, we might not realize that winter is the ideal time to achieve something that we want to do before the year-end. For example, if you haven't finished reading a book that you have started, (as you have been busy for the past 11 months) winter is a perfect time to finish reading that book.
Try any of these entertaining ideas at home with your family.
1. Make a Delicious Breakfast
Breakfast is an essential meal of the day. I believe making a delicious breakfast can influence the rest of your day. It can be scrambled eggs with toast, pancakes, french toast, and waffles. Nothing complements a cold winter morning better than the smell of egg-y butter, fresh fruit, and maple syrup. If you feel you make these foods often, then try to do something different. Experiment with a new recipe to surprise your family with a lovely breakfast.
2. Inexpensive Crafts
Crafting is one of the best things to do while you're stuck at home. Take advantage of the time you have to get creative with stuff you have at home. Think about some inexpensive crafts you can do at home without having to spend a lot of money. Book scrapping, drawing, doodling, or bookmarking are some of the ideas you can do on your own or with your kids. I love doing bookmarking at home using dried leaves that I picked up during the fall. Other than that, I have also used the leaves as the wall decor.
3. Write in a Journal
Writing in a journal is an essential idea during this season. You can start writing your thoughts or diary entries, and keep them in a secret place. Other than thoughts, you can write poems, recipes, or just doodle. Any of these will help your mind to be active. It's a new year; why not start with a brand-new journal or diary this year? Write down the list of things you want to accomplish this year. Maybe for the next five years as well.
4. Bake Something
Baking is a great idea to do while you are stuck at home. During this time, I can likely be found in the kitchen (the oven already on), looking through my pile of cookbooks or the saved recipes on my phones for something to bake. Winter is where I devoted more time to conquering recipes or techniques that I hadn’t faced before. But above all, the chilly weather is a perfect time to bake something fresh and warm. Wouldn't it be nice to have a slice of fresh-baked raisin bread or cinnamon rolls at home? You can have them with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while lounging on the couch.
5. Afternoon Tea
I'm not an everyday tea drinker. Therefore, there isn’t a better time to drink tea than in the winter. The cold season makes our bodies more responsive to sickness. Drinking tea in winter is like giving yourself a warm bath on the inside. Not just that, tea is a natural remedy for the winter daze as well. The benefits of tea are many, and winter invites us to try a warm cup every day. A cup of afternoon tea sounds like such a good idea. So go to the kitchen, boil some water, pick your favorite tea flavor, and start making one. I promise it will calm your winter blues.
6. Deep Cleaning
We should be obsessing over winter cleaning. After all, we're about to lock ourselves inside rather than spending time outside. I notice my house gets very dusty in the winter because the air is warm and dry. This is why cleaning such a good idea during this time of year. I recently gave my own house a thorough, deep cleaning. Actually, cleaning is one of my favorite things to do while I'm stuck at home. I think it's great both mentally and physically. I got sufficient exercise, and it felt pleasing to be in a clean and bright house.
7. Pamper Yourself
I'm sure during the holidays we received presents from family members and friends. Why not pamper yourself with the gifts or presents you received? If you got a box of chocolate, it's time to open it and indulge yourself with dark and sweet chocolate while watching your favorite TV show. However, please do not eat the whole box (though it's might be hard to stop yourself). Maybe take a few from the box and share it with others.
8. Home Exercise
When daily trips to the gym aren’t desirable during winter, and gym memberships to seem expensive, home exercise is a great choice. No matter what, we must be active during these cold months. If you feel too lazy to run, start by doing a simple exercise such as stretching, squats, push ups, and lunges. Did you know brisk aerobic is one of the best exercises you can do at home? Your breathing and heart rate will increase during aerobic activities. It helps keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy.
9. Plan a Trip
Winter is an excellent time to plan your next summer vacation or trip with your loved ones. If you're traveling alone, it would be easy. I travel with my husband. Winter break is the best time to discuss and to make a plan for our trip. Furthermore, flight tickets and hotels are cheaper if you booked earlier. (Though your trip will be ready in next 5–6 months). Sit down with your travel buddy to plan your best summer vacation. Make sure to have your important items available (passport or ID) if you're ready to book for a flight!
10. Read or Finish Reading a Book
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. It never gets old. It is the best time to pick up a new book, perhaps finishing what you have started a few months ago. Before I pick up a book and start reading, I like to get comfy. Most of the time, I will wear my favorite jumper, sit down at my favorite chair, light up a candle, and start reading. Sometimes, I will make a cup of coffee to company my reading. If you feel lazy to read a book, pick up some magazines and read your favorite columns by your favorite writer. It can be something about lifestyle, food, travel, music, or something else. It is good to give your eyes a break from the phone or computer.
11. Organize the Pantry
As much as I love cleaning, I love organizing very much too. Organizing contributes energy and calmness to my body. One of my favorite sections to organize is the pantry. I'm sure everyone has their favorite areas at home to clean or to re-organize. After months, it's about the right time to clean the dust in the pantry. Start by taking out all the items from the shelves and put them aside. Then, pick up a cloth and warm water or multipurpose cleaner and start to wipe the shelves from top to bottom. Before placing the items back into the pantry, check every item's expiration date. If it's expired, toss it.
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