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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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