When it’s freezing cold outside, outdoor activities are pretty much out of the question, so you have to find ways to keep yourself entertained while doing your best to stay warm. If you’re tired of sitting in front of the TV and you’ve taken all the naps you can take, what else can you do to shake off the boredom-inducing effects of cabin fever? Below are six ideas that can help make your temporary hibernation period a little more fun.
- Bake something. Even if you have the heat blasting and your warmest clothes on, you can still take your coziness to a whole new level by baking some cookies, brownies or other delicious treats. You’ll fill the air with an aroma of pure sugary awesomeness, and you’ll be able to immediately enjoy the fruits of your labor as well.
- Play some classic board games. Round up some friends from down the hall and get your game on. Live out your dream of being a real estate magnate with an intense round of Monopoly, laugh at your friends’ drawings with Pictionary, or bedazzle your fellow players with your sophisticated wordsmithery in a game of Scrabble.
- Shoot a homemade movie on your phone.Give your friends (and yourself) an opportunity to flex your acting chops on the (very) small screen. You can ad-lib all the way through, or throw together a rough script and give it a go.
- Give your brain some exercise. Hey, you may not be able to go for a run outside, but you can still give your brain a nice workout in the comfort of your own apartment. Try crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word jumbles, or any number of brainteaser websites like Sporcle, SharpBrains or BrainDen.
- Color. Adult coloring books are super popular right now, and for good reason: They’re fun as well as extremely therapeutic. In fact, several studies have shown that the act of coloring can actually help with certain stress-related issues such as anxiety and panic attacks. Not only that, but it can take you back to a simpler time while you’re whipping out those multi-colored masterpieces.
- Read that book you’ve been trying to finish for the longest time. If there’s any time to curl up with a good book–especially one that you’ve been trying to finish reading for months now–it’s when the weather outside is cold and dreary. An ample supply of hot chocolate and the comfort of a good book can make the hours fly by like minutes.
The next time you’re homebound due to frigid weather, you don’t have to sit on your hands with nothing to do. Try the ideas suggested above to enjoy some indoor fun on a wintry day.