Whether it is knowing the best movies to watch or the bubble bath to use, we all need a little encouragement to find comfort during the winter evenings. Rather than pause and dream of those summer days, let’s find a way to make the most of the cozy winter evenings. Here are our best suggestions!
Keeping connected with your hopes and dreams is a great way to see yourself through the winter. Try to have weekly or even daily check-ins with your progress towards your goals. Journal writing is a way to clear your mind from the fog of being busy. You don’t have to write it down, you can also sketch or make a collage, something that is creative as well as reflective.
For some, the summer months interrupt the time they want to spend reading. The need to get outside and be active while the sun is about blocks the route to the different world in novels. Winters are a blessing, as you can settle down with a hot chocolate, a warm blanket and that book you wanted to read.
If reading makes you sleepy, try listening to an audiobook instead. You can listen along while you are doing your prep for the Christmas festivities and fill your imagination. Audiobooks are a brilliant way to learn something new. Reading that book to learn about personal growth might be a chore, but having it read to you can feel like the passing on of wisdom.
Try a new recipe
If you are into learning something new, then this is the activity for you. Trying out new recipes not only makes you happy because of the skills you gain but because you have lots of food to comfort you too. Put on some music, fill up your glass of wine and move yourself through the recipe.
Drag in a pal or a partner to really enjoy your cooking experience. Then, you can sit down and enjoy a meal together afterward too.
Reorganise your world
Being stuck indoors might feel like a pain, but it could also be the perfect time to sort those closets and wardrobes. You could even start a DIY project you have always meant to get done – maybe something creative like refreshing an old mirror or that plain little cupboard you were thinking about throwing away. With a bit more time behind your front door, you can stop putting off these projects.
More important than anything in the winter is looking after yourself. You need to care for your physical and mental wellbeing at a time when the lack of sunshine can make us feel down. So, try not to fill your time with busy-ness and lots of sleep, make sure you turn your work email off and take that long bath. You should try to get exercise, walking that dog or even going for a run. If you don’t want to get outside to exercise, try to find yourself an exercise program on YouTube.
It is harder to drink water in the winter, so why not try some hot lemon and ginger tea. It will keep you hydrated and help flush through some of those toxins through your body too. While you are not being overly productive while lying in a foam-filled bath with your cup of fruit tea, you are rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit – and it is the best thing you can do for yourself and those that live with you.
Grad yourself the best movie
We have ended with the best suggestion of the lot, in our opinion. This is the time of year when you should do nothing more than settle on the sofa with a water bottle and blanket and embrace the best that Hollywood has to offer. Even if you can’t find the perfect film, the greats of production have moved to TV and you can now immerse yourself in the wonderful world of a box set.
To enjoy a great winter evening in front of the screen, you need to be prepared. You have to order the takeaway, to arrive just before the titles roll. You need to get that bottle of wine and a few beers, as well as the chocolates and popcorn. All this should be laid out carefully on the table in front of you, so there is no need to move once the film starts. To get the full cinema experience in the home, close your curtains and turn off the lights. Surely, this is the best way to spend a cozy winter evening, ever!