As much as we would like to ignore it, the holidays are over. The decorations and trees are packed away for another year, and the long winter nights seem gloomy without the spark of twinkle lights and general festivity in the streets. With cold temperatures and the lack of sunlight to keep us awake, it is vital to come up with indoor activities to keep us thriving during the dark winter nights, which entice us to hibernate. I’ve taken the guesswork out of indoor winter activities to keep you and your family thriving throughout January – read on if you’re a victim of the January blues!
- Fake Summer
This may sound silly, but hear me out – “fake it till you make it” is a real thing. If winter stews, hot drinks, bleak colours and baggy sweaters have you down; entering a temporary summer mode is sure to boost your mood. Search online for tropical drink ideas that are easy to make from home, throw on a cheeky summer film (or stream a beach video with ocean sounds), play some tropical music (stream some Bob Marley on YouTube), or make your favourite summertime meal. Browse online for some cute beachwear or a new pair of sunglasses; whatever you have to do that will get your mind excited for summer and less focused on the winter blues.
We know the facts; there is nothing more mood boosting than a good workout session to get the endorphins flowing. A great activity for the family or to do alone, an at-home workout will benefit you in more ways than one. A wide variety of equipment-free workouts are available online to stream or to print out, giving you no excuse to get at it.
- Pick Up A Hobby
If you are seeking mental stimulation more so than physical, perhaps attempting a new hobby or craft is down your alley. Knitting, scrapbooking, painting, sailboat building, drawing, and photography: Although some options require material, most of the learning is done from the comfort of your home. Again, the Internet has a plethora of tutorial videos and articles to self-instruct you on your new endeavour.
- Bake Off
What’s more rewarding than spending time on baking up a new treat? If there is a recipe you have been dying to attempt but can’t seem to find the time, a chilly winter night in the kitchen may be the key to a happy heart (and stomach). Find a fun new recipe online that includes ingredients you have on stock, or keep your baking night until after the day you’ve been to the supermarket. This is a fun idea if you have little ones that can’t wait to get their paws dirty in the kitchen. I’ll be attempting a Boston crème cake from Betty Crocker later on tonight to keep things interesting!
- Discover New Take-Out Places
Cold winter nights pair well with hot, satisfying meals. If the idea of pulling out pots and pans to create an exciting meal each night seems daunting, perhaps its time to discover new take-out options in your neighbourhood from the comfort of your home. There is something thrilling about discovering a new restaurant to add to the list of family favourites. We will often download takeaway apps such as Hungry House as it is pre-loaded with thousands of restaurants and several cuisine types to browse through on chilly, boring evenings.
- Games Night
If all else fails, the traditional family pick-me-up rests in the hands of a family games night. Gather your kids, flat-mates or a group of friends around the dining room table for a night of laughter and competition. I love looking up new board games to purchase online in order to spice things up (Monopoly can only be thrilling for so long) so I head over to 365 Games to pick games by genre. Weekly family games nights are a staple that can easily carry you through your winter blues, and even possibly throughout the rest of the year.