24 November 2020
The winter of 2020 is likely to be one of the hardest we’ve experienced in recent years. It is already proving to be more challenging than past winters, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives.
There’s no better time therefore to curl up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and try out a fun new pastime. Make the most of this winter and emerge in the spring with new skills and a happier outlook on life!
Being stuck inside all day with limited contact with the outside world can be mentally draining and keeping your mind active is just as important as keeping physically active. From fantasy to historical fiction there endless options out there. While you might be stuck inside this winter, reading can help you feel connected with the wider world. Reading can be ultimate form of escapism and the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
Reading can also have practical benefits from improving your vocabulary to improving your memory. It is also a great stress buster.
Try out needlepoint
From embroidery to cross stitch, weaving to tapestry needlepoint hobbies are no longer only the pastime of the older generation. More and more, younger people are discovering the joy of making creative, funny or quirky needlepoint projects.
With a bit of imagination there’s no limit to what you can create, all from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s a pretty floral pattern for a cushion or a sassy catchphrase to hang on the wall, using needlepoint can be a fantastic way to relax, unwind and be productive all in one.
Learn to paint
Another fantastic way to keep your mind active and engaged is by painting. It is a great way to unwind after a long day at work, as it can fill your mind with something new without being over-stimulating.
Painting is great way to be creative and productive. As Christmas approaches, why not try and create handcrafted gifts for loved ones? After a year of limited contact with friends and family, a personal thoughtful gift might be appreciated this year more than ever.
Play Online games
Expand your horizons with a new online game this winter. There are countless options to delve into, from online poker to slot machines, role playing games and mobile games. The online gaming industry has remained strong despite the pandemic, and the choices for consumers have never been more varied.
Online games are another activity that is not only great fun to engage with but can also stimulate your mind and help stave off low moods.
Make your own online game
Ever thought of trying your hand at making your own online game? For those already knowledgeable in coding there is a vast array of online tutorials out there to help you make your first steps.
Maybe you’ve had an idea of something you’ve wanted to create for a while but never had the time. Or maybe there are games you love but have always found to have elements you wish you could add. Making a game could be a great way to stave off boredom this winter – both while making it and playing it!
If you’ve never coded before try an online course – there are plenty of free options available.
Try new casinos
For the thrill seekers among us there’s no reason why being at home should stop you enjoying the thrill of a game of chance or strategy. 2020 has been an excellent year for online casino growth – the choices are bottomless.
Whether its card games or slots that appeal to you, you will be able to find the online casino site that suits you – and perhaps even make a bit of extra cash while you do it.
This list of casinos that are new from Online Casinos is a great place to start if you want to dip your toe into the world of online gambling and find the best new casinos out there.
Alcohol consumption has increased during the lockdown as we all try and find a way to keep ourselves entertained. If this sounds like you – why not try brewing your own beer or wine? This hobby will save you money as well as giving you a creative outlet – and you can drink the results!
What better way to prepare the time when we are able to socialise again than by brewing up a batch of wine, mead or beer to share with friends and family once lockdown is over?
Though the months for the best outdoor gardening may be past us, you could consider setting up an indoor garden. There are proven benefits to spending time in contact with nature. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety – a huge bonus during these uncertain times.
Particularly if you are working from home having a plant on your desk can create a calming environment and promote more productive working. Caring for a living thing can itself be a great form of self-care. You don’t need to have tons of space to have your own indoor garden. Whether you have one plant or ten, your mood (and home aesthetics) will be improved by the presence of some pretty greenery.
Learn a new language
Learning a new language is a great way to utilise your free time while keeping you occupied. Learning a language will not only keep your mind sharp and focussed, but will also provide real benefits for your employability – as well as being able to use your new skills on your next holiday abroad!
Exercise at home
Exercise has long been a staple for a healthy balanced life. It can be hard though to drag yourself out on a cold, dark winter day. So put the trainers away and try some at home exercise. There are hundreds of online tutorials out there to get you started, from yoga and pilates to kickboxing.
Don’t feel like you have to dedicate hours a week to exercise. You can start with a simple 10 minute workout each day, and progress to more if and when you feel ready.