Many of us like to hibernate during winter. And why not? The short, cold days make it difficult to get motivated. But why waste months every year just waiting for the weather to warm up? Surely there’s something to do during those cold months?
If you need some inspiration, here are some themes that may help you to feel like it’s spring all year round!
keep your brain active
Sometimes you don’t even have to come out from under your doona to give your mind a dose of exercise. Crossword puzzles or sudoku are a good alternative to sitting in front of the television for too long.
Or maybe you could drag your doona (if you really want to) to a book club. How about taking a class at your local community college or TAFE, where you could learn new cooking skills, discuss philosophy or be shown how to restore furniture?
Whether it’s the creative or the analytical side of the brain you wish to expand, there’s much on offer to add some fun to your weeknights.
keep in touch with friends and family
Although it’s often tempting to stay inside on a cold winter’s day, the energy you pick up by meeting a friend at the local cafe may be worth its weight in gold. Or for those with loved ones further away, remember that they may just be waiting for you to call. (Yes, the doona can stay on for this one!
Or just escape!
One thing that winter is good for is the snow season. So if this is your thing, block out some time in your diary for a trip to the slopes. And even if you are not big on snow sports, most ski resorts are buzzing with activity during the colder months. The restaurants, bars and music scene will keep you busy and warm.
If that’s not the direction you want to take, you could head north to take a break from the southern cold. You can pick up some great winter packages to North Queensland and the NT where it’s warm all year round.
Hopefully, there’s something here that’s inspired you to get a bit more active during the winter months. If not, the best solution is probably to grab a glass of good red, turn on the TV and we’ll see you in spring!