Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ways to Beat Winter Boredom

I love staying in and hiding under some fuzzy blankets while reading blogs or watching Netflix in winter, but sometimes it does get old. The problem for me is that the bitter cold wind and freezing temperatures outside make me dread going out. Unlike summer, there are no leisurely evening walks, mornings at the lake, or BBQs on the deck. But just because those fun activities aren't happening, doesn't mean you have to do the same thing all winter. Here are 7 ways to beat winter boredom this year.

Ways to Beat Winter Boredom | 6 ways to beat winter boredom from Courtney's Little Things

Read a book.

Winter is the perfect time to start reading a new book. Since you're probably not interested in going out too much, you won't be distracted by the other things you could be doing. So grab a good book, a blanket, and turn on a good light so you can enjoy an evening reading.

Do a craft or art project.

Of course, I think you should do these all year round, but craft and art projects are a great way to spend a day or two. I love gathering all my painting supplies and spending an afternoon working on a canvas. It's a great way to stay creative and do something different!


Write some blog posts (like I'm doing), journal, or write a short story, novel, a poem, or whatever else you'd like. Just like a craft or art project, writing is a great way to stay creative and gets you thinking in different ways. It's another way to get out of doing the same old same old all winter long. Also, if you can write a short story or novel, I'm totally jealous.

Clean and organize.

This may not sound like the most fun thing to do, but since you're stuck inside anyway, why not make the most of your time by doing a little cleaning and organizing? Give a room a good dusting or deep clean the kitchen. Go through your closet, movie collection, and all your other stuff to organize and donate what you don't use anymore. You'll feel a lot better living in a clean space and you won't have as much stuff to keep organized!

Learn something new.

Is there anything you've been wanting to learn? Maybe it's a language, more about a place you want to visit, or how to improve your blog. Now's the time to learn! Find a YouTube video or two, an e-course or webinar, or maybe even pick up a book. You'll have more knowledge and be super proud of yourself for finally learning it!

Try a new (or an old favorite) recipe.

Whether you love to bake or you're like me and prefer to stick to cooking, winter is the perfect time to make some yummy food! Bake some muffins or a pizza made from scratch. Cook up a fancy meal or try using a new ingredient.

Go out.

Sometimes you just have to deal with the biting wind, bundle up, and go out. Just because it's cold out doesn't mean that you can't go shopping, to the movies, or wherever else.

What do you do when you're stuck inside? Do you have any other ways you like to beat winter boredom?