Quarantining is difficult to handle for anybody- especially people experiencing it in the thick of winter. Not being able to see friends or go places leads to more than boredom- desolation. It’s not easy right now, so we wanted to help you out a bit. From us to you, here are some activities that have been keeping us sane through these winter months! We hope you find respite in them as well- summer is just around the corner!
Originally coined under “Netflix party,” multiple streaming services have teamed up to make it easier for you to connect with your friends virtually. This means that you can watch movies and tv shows in unison with a friend. Even better, the extension lets you live chat with your friends too, so you can share your thoughts or cheeky comments in the side bar- everyone hates movie talkers but movie typers get a free pass! Just download the extension, and you’re free to watch anything on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and Disney Plus. Get to streaming.
Bonfire & Marshmallows
As long as it’s not raining or snowing, we still have hope for adventure- right in the backyard. It’s never too late to invest in a bonfire, and if there was ever a time to do it, it’s now. After the end of your long day, mid-day, or early in the morning, we love the idea of bundling up next to a fire pit in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t have yard space to do this, you can always put a bonfire visual on your TV or laptop, and roast your mallows right above the stove! Don’t forget the graham crackers and chocolate, though.
They can keep us inside, but they can’t keep us from exploring nature! Depending on where you live, a hike can be twenty minutes away or an hour away. Whether the trip is long or short, it is worth taking a break from your home environment to reconnect with nature’s winter treats. If you don’t have a winter coat, many thrift stores sell them this time of year, so no excuses! We love the Delaware Watergap for it endless options of trails, and Stairway to Heaven for fantastic views. Don’t worry about the cold weather on these hikes, you’ll be sweating by the time your reach the top!
Learn a New Hobby
Obviously, not everyone has the time or energy for this one. However, if you can muster up the will power one day to pick something up, it will only get easier to progressively learn more. Many communities and practices are offering online classes, making it easier than ever to pick up a skill or hobby- and if all else fails there’s always good old YouTube! Some suggestions we have are piano, knitting, guitar, a language, getting skilled in a certain cuisine, or chess.
Self Care Day
While this may not be an exclusively winter activity, it’s more important that ever to prioritize your mental and physical health. Whether that means dedicating a whole day to self care or just a couple of hours for a couple of days, you are the best judge of what your mind and body need at the time. For example, some consider self care to be having a day where they eat completely clean food- while others view self care as a day where they enjoy their favorite snacks and desserts! Whatever you pick, no judgment here. In this weather, we’ve been even more appreciative of bubble baths, journaling time, face masks, and home baked cookies!
Virtual Book Club
Another way to connect with friends is by participating in a virtual book club. Not only will this keep you connected, but it will give you something to look forward to at the end of the night when you are done with work. The only thing you have to agree on is genre, and the rest will follow. You can bring forward questions you had, parts you enjoyed, or any literary details you noticed along your way. Or, just use it as a time to catch up and be on the same wavelength as your friends! If you keep this up all quarantine, chances are you will have read through most of your to-read list.