With the holidays just around the corner and the weather feeling chillier in most parts of the country, there’s no denying that winter is here. And while COVID and quarantining makes this winter season feel a bit different than usual, it’s still a magical time of year worth getting out and embracing. These five quarantine-friendly activities will let you enjoy this winter safely while still creating the magical memories this season has always been known for.
Let it Snow
Is there anything more wintery spending a day in fresh, fluffy snow? Take advantage of this cold weather delight by getting bundled up and heading outside. The possibilities are endless in terms of enjoying the snow, but here are a few of our go-to ideas: go sledding, make a snowman, or have a snowball fight! If you have kids, playing in the snow is especially magical, but the truth is it truly is a fun treat that all ages can enjoy.
Interested more in the great indoors? No problem! Cozy up by a fire and challenge yourself to create some seasonal crafts, many of which can double as thoughtful holiday gifts! Whether you knit a scarf, create a pinecone bird feeder, or make paper snowflakes, getting creative can be an extremely healthy and fulfilling way to spend your time at home.
Winter is synonymous with so many delicious and nostalgic treats, and this year is the perfect time to make them all for yourself and the rest of your household! From mulled wine to creamy hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course!), there are endless recipe options depending on which ingredients you have on hand and how big of a culinary challenge you’re seeking. Some other ideas to get you started: baked apples, eggnog, and hearty soups! Mmmm.
Connect With Others
As cold and gloomy as winter can sometimes seem (especially while quarantining) it’s important to remember that this is the time of year many people could benefit from a little social connection the most, even from afar. Reach out to friends and coordinate a virtual game night, volunteer to shovel a family member’s driveway, or deliver homemade baked goods to elderly neighbors. Even sending someone a short, heartfelt letter can be enough to warm their heart during this cold season.
Explore Beyond Your Backyard
Winter might be cold, but it can also be downright beautiful! Depending on where you live, there are probably lots of gorgeous nature walks, hikes, or even snowshoe trails you can explore this winter season. So bundle up, grab a water bottle, and get outside. After all, spending time in nature is so important and beneficial to our overall well being, even when the temperature drops.
There you have it! A few simple ideas for staying social, healthy, and balanced this winter season, while still remaining safe and socially-responsible as we continue to navigate the pandemic. How else will you be spending your time over the next few months?