Winter is nearly upon us and as much as I love the great outdoors, I absolutely cannot stand being cold! This means it’s inevitable for me, and many of us, to start spending a lot more time indoors. Aside from wrapping up warm to attend a fireworks display, I’d rather be snug at home with the log fire roaring if it’s cold and dark outdoors. It’s only a matter of days before the clocks go back and darkness will soon begin at around 4pm.
To make the most of those long evenings indoors, here are a few ways to entertain yourself at home
Simple indoor activities to keep adults entertained at home this winter
If you never normally have enough time to cook as you’re not usually home much, take this opportunity to perfect your culinary skills. Make those dishes you’ve been longing to try, but didn’t have the time for in the summer. Make batches of hearty vegetable soups to see you through the cold months ahead. Take this time to slow down and enjoy cooking, rather than seeing it as a chore. There is so much inspiration online from Pinterest to Instagram. You don't even need to buy a cookbook as you'll find loads of recipes online for free.
2. Have a clear out
Forget a spring clean, how about a winter clean? Go through your summer wardrobe and get rid of anything you haven’t worn for the past year. Give them to charity shops or sell on eBay to make some extra cash in time for Christmas. Go through your attic or your garage, that spare room or that overflowing cupboard. Make the most of your time indoors to properly sort out all those cluttered spaces you've been putting off.
Switch the TV off for an evening, light a scented candle, cover yourself with a throw, curl up and stick your head into your favourite book. Let your imagination take you on an adventure in your head with the words on the page. Switch your phones off and have a digital detox for the evening to really recharge and relax whilst you read. Or, even better, run a warm bath with bubbles and invest in a bath pillow for a luxurious way to read your book!
4. Box sets
There’s nothing quite like binge watching an intense box set with good snacks and good company. Long winter evenings are the best time to get hold of those box sets you’ve been dying to watch and as it’s dark outside you’ll not feel guilty about spending time indoors. Grab some popcorn, dim the lights and have a box set fest!
If you’re going to be stuck indoors a lot, then it’s the perfect time to redecorate or touch up that wall you keep putting off painting! Make the most of being indoors now and getting your home up to scratch, so you can spend plenty more time outdoors once spring rolls around next year. There are so many DIY guides on YouTube so you can become a master over the winter months and make your home look amazing!
6. Practice yoga
Yoga is great for fitness, meditating, reducing stress, toning, weight loss, flexibility and so much more. Search YouTube for free videos such as 'Yoga with Adriene' which are tailored to your needs, be it time or the level you require, and practice in your own cosy living room without needing to leave the house.
7. Online bingo (for free)
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8. Write a letter
Take this time to stay in touch with loved ones. Write a letter by hand to a faraway friend or elderly relative. Why not take the time to really write a personalised message in all your Christmas cards to update loved ones? If you have some ink and photo paper then print off some recent photos to share what you've been up to. There's still something so special about receiving a hand written letter and photos in the post.
9. Make money online
There are so many ways to make money online and there’s never a better time to get started. Why not start that online business you’ve been dreaming of or write your own blog? For lots of inspiration on how to make and save money online, visit my make money from home section and find lots of ways to make money using the links in my menu!
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