Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner. The early sunset allows everyone more time to snuggle and enjoy hot drinks and comfort food with loved ones. However, with more time being spent indoors, it is sometimes difficult to decide how to occupy the long hours. But we are here to remind you of some ideal pastimes and things that are best done in winter. Read on ahead to make this winter your most memorable one yet.
Six things to light up the cold months
The Danish have a wonderful approach towards having a comfortable life and they have an actual term for it. Hygge, which is pronounced hue-gah, are practices which encourage you to be cozy. Sounds lovely, right? You might even be following that type of life without knowing it. Anything from reading to watching your favorite movie while snuggled up is categorized as hygge. Here are more ways you can make this winter extra hygge and discover a more positive side of yourself:
Disconnect in any form, be it from work, everyday routine, or social media. Instead do things which bring you peace of mind and body. Meditate, listen to an audiobook or podcast, write something, or do yoga. Anything that helps you tune in to your true self.
- Creating a nook
Just choose a quiet corner of your house and make it your own. Make it cozy by adding a favorite blanket, slippers, and a cup of tea or coffee. Burn a perfumed candle and spend time journaling or just enjoying the moment.
- Reconnecting with family and friends
You don’t have to practice hygge on your own. Reconnect with friends and family you haven’t spoken to in a while. Invite them over to spend some distraction free time with them. If an in-person meeting cannot be arranged, then take advantage of technology and talk on video call.
- Bringing in the outdoors
Firewood, flowers, plants, stones, and fire can create a very cozy setting inside your home. When the weather becomes colder, they can give you the feeling of being outside without the discomforts of harsh climate. Set up a natural environment by bringing some of the elements to your living space.
- Wearing trendy and warm clothing
Winter is the perfect time to bring out all those stylish and comfortable clothes you have in storage. Whether they are boys or girls winter coats, there are so many fun textures and designs to experiment with. And what better time to wear christmas-themed outfits than the chilly month of December, right? Mix and match or buy sets to lounge around while looking ultra-trendy.
- Baking or cooking
The chilly season cannot be welcomed fully without the right type of food. Cooking scrumptious dishes and baking cakes and cookies is the best way to celebrate a hygge lifestyle. The aromas of fresh baking wafting through your house will make it cozier for yourself and any guests.
- Taking on a new hobby
Learning something brand new can keep you involved and help boost productivity during long winter evenings. Study a foreign language, read, write, play an instrument, sew, or teach yourself how to sketch. Anything you can simply lose yourself in and which brings you satisfaction can brighten up the season for you.
- Cleaning and sorting
Why not use some of this extra time to declutter your surroundings? It will also pave the way to giving you more space for the aforementioned activities. Sort out the stuff you don’t need at all and donate it. You might even come across items that were entirely forgotten but can be repurposed for further usage.
- Easier to burn extra calories
In the cold, the human body has to function harder to maintain an appropriate temperature. Your heart pumps with more pressure to keep you warm which results in extra calorie burning. Hence, indoor workouts and even outdoor sports like ice-skating, snowboarding, and skiing give you the golden opportunity to get healthier.
It might seem like winter only brings runny noses and long days being cooped up indoors. But there are actually some great health benefits attached only to winter which most of us are ignorant about.
For instance, it helps improve our sleep routine. When we experience a drop in our body temperature, it makes us fall asleep. So, people who have a difficult time sleeping normally can benefit from it. Therefore, winter can be a great time for relaxation and comfort if you know how to spend your time.
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