With winter rapidly taking hold, temperatures are dropping and snow is falling, driving many people into the warmth and comfort of their homes. For those who aren’t on the west coast, this forced retreat indoors can serve as both a blessing and curse; it simply depends on what you do with the free time at your disposal.
Although you may not have the same freedom for activities as you would in the spring and summertime, winter is not a forced jail time. If you use your imagination and get creative, there are plenty of things to do during this time of being ‘permanently’ indoors. Below, we will discuss some tips on how to stave off boredom throughout the winter months.
Read a Book
Reading is a medium that can provide an experience infinitely more powerful than a movie. It allows you to fully enter a world or a character’s head. Books teach you empathy and eternal truths. Pat Conroy once wrote, “I trust the great novelists to teach me how to live, how to feel, how to love and hate. I trust them to show me the dangers I will encounter on the road as I stagger on my own troubled passage through a complicated life of books that try to teach me how to die. I take it as an article of faith that the novels I’ve loved will live inside me forever.” Take these winters months to start your own book collection (perhaps use it add a new aestheticto your room).
Play Some Video Games
In the last year alone there have been many incredible titles released for the Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC. The winter months provide a fantastic time to veg out and catch up on all the games you haven’t had the time to play. In recent months, zombie survival gameshave been all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. They’re fun, scary, challenging, and an absolute adrenaline rush that will get your heart pumping and leave you sweaty even in sub-zero temperatures.
Learn to Cook
If you want to save money, eat healthier, and cut down on your fast food intake, cooking is a fantastic skill to learn and develop. While it may seem a daunting prospect, it is not that hard to learn and is an especially awesome talent to have for date nights. If you want to learn how to cook, you can start by reading blogs and watching YouTube channelssuch as Binging With Babish. Decide what type of food you want to make, look up a recipe, buy ingredients, and then start cooking! So much of it is trial and error. Reddit’s cooking for beginnersis a fantastic introduction for novice cooks.
Catch up on Some Great Television
The trailer for Season 8 of Game of Thrones just released, which you can check out here. If you have not watched the show already, now is the time to start binging so that you are up to speed. We are currently in the golden age of television with FX, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon producing incredible TV series, especially in the last decade. Check out the following shows:
- Netflix – The Last Kingdom, Bojack Horseman, Daredevil, and Narcos
- FX – Fargo, Atlanta, The Americans, Archer, and Justified
- HBO – Veep, The Leftovers, Game of Thrones, and Westworld
- Amazon – The Night Manager, Jack Ryan, and The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
Do a Puzzle
Puzzles are great time-killers and fantastic for those of you that have kids, since they aid the development of the brain and motor skills of younger children. They help with cognitive skills, problem-solving, fine motor development, and provide an excellent opportunity to spend time with your family working on something together. Ravensburger produces some of the best looking and most fun puzzles for adults today. Check out their Road Trip USA puzzleif you want a serious challenge!
A Final Thought
During winter break, it is all too easy to fall into boredom and waste your valuable time. Instead of letting the hours slip through your fingers, take advantage of them; learn, relax, and have fun.