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6 Winter Hobbies for People that Want to Stay Indoors

6 Winter Hobbies for People that Want to Stay Indoors

Winter can last for several months. If you hate the cold or simply don’t like snowboarding and skiing, then you can get cabin fever very quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do keep yourself entertained until spring comes.Here are a few great hobbies that you can try without leaving your home.

1. Acrylic Painting

Painting can be a fun and therapeutic way to spend your free time. Many people get frustrated working with oil paints, because they take over a day to dry. They also can drip, which can ruin the picture. Novice painters often apply too much paint, which can ruin the picture.

Acrylic paints are better for beginners. They will dry within an hour and you don’t have to worry as much about using too much paint.

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If you are getting into acrylic painting for the first time, you may want to read this post from George Zapo. It has a number of ideas that can inspire you.

2. Scrapbooking

Do you have a lot of fond memories that you enjoy looking back on? Scrapbooking can be a great way to do that.

Go through some of your old pictures. Try to find common themes between them. You can put them together in a collage that tells a unique story. Here are some scrapbooking ideas people have tried:

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  • Recap everything that happened over the past year.
  • Create a scrapbook that reminds you of times that you struggled and persevered. You can look at it for inspiration in other difficult times.
  • Compile all of your silliest pictures. You can have fun laughing at it when you have a light-hearted get-together with your friends.
  • Put together all of the photos of your children over the years. You can use the scrapbook to document their life for years to come.

The possibilities are endless. Alida, the editor at The Realistic Mama, has a great post on scrapbooking ideas.

3. Explore New Cooking Ideas

Most people cook the same five dishes all the time. There is nothing wrong with that, but it can get monotonous after a while.

If you want to make cooking fun again, you should try some preparing some new cuisines. Here are some ideas:

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  • Try preparing cuisines from a country that you have never tried before. Most people have tried plenty of Chinese and Italian dishes, but have never eaten Jamaican, Indian or French food. It can be fun trying something new.
  • Have you seen Celebrity Chef? They usually have the participants use a “special” ingredient in their food. You may want to try making a variety of dishes with a certain staple, such as potatoes. You need to get creative to come up with a number of dishes with one ingredient.
  • Have regular pot lucks with your friends. You will taste a number of dishes that you never heard of before but may want to try making on your own.

You have to cook anyways. You might as well have some fun with it!

4. Become an “Amateur Expert”

You don’t need a Ph.D. in history to become an expert on the Russian Revolution. You don’t need to a degree in botany to learn everything you can about growing plants.

You will probably be waiting several months for the snow to thaw. You can use that time to read everything you can about a topic that fascinates you.

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5. Start a Book Club

Reading is a great past time. If you and your friends are all bookworms, then you may want to start a book club. Here are some basic things to consider:

  • Everyone can take turns recommending a book and hosting the event.
  • You will give everyone a certain time frame to read the book.
  • You can try to keep things as low-key as possible.

Your friends may encourage you to read some books that you never would have tried before. You can also find many niche book clubs on GoodReads.

6. Collect Coins

Coin collecting is a hobby that dates back at least 300 years. There are a number of great websites where you can buy a Golden Eagle and other gold coins. You may also want to follow River Cohen on Twitter to learn more about collecting gold coins.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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