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5 Things You Can Do to Make the Most Out of Winter Time

5 Things You Can Do to Make the Most Out of Winter Time

Lo and behold, winter has arrived and you feel like your world has stopped. Gone were the days of sitting on the patio, letting the sun’s rays penetrate your already sun-drenched skin. The days of hiking, biking, and taking walks without worrying about putting on the extra layers of clothing are over. The cold weather has just set in.

Since winter is not something that we can control – and you cannot keep moving to warmer climate places every time winter hits, the worst thing that you can do is to complain about it. After all, we were always told not to worry about things that we cannot control. We just have to go with it, make the most out of it, and pretty soon, summer will be upon us again. If you are not a winter person, here are some things that you can do to make you get the most out of your winter season:

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1. It’s a good time to learn something new indoors

During summer time, we just get so busy. We are always out and about enjoying the outdoors. When winter hits, we suddenly find ourselves stuck inside the comforts of our houses, wanting more of the warmth that our heaters and fireplaces provide. While indoors, why not take advantage of this by learning something new that can be done indoors? Examples of these are learning a new language, learning to sew, practicing your golf swings with the help of a computer, learning a new musical instrument or learning how to paint. Pretty soon, it will be warm enough to go out again and you might lose the motivation to learn what you could have learned during the winter season.

2. Movie marathons and reading binges are not a bad idea

What can be a better day to lounge in front of the TV with a hot cocoa drink or to curl up with a good book that takes you on an adventure? A cold, cold day outdoors is a good day to stay in and do all of these. Watching movies and reading books can make us learn a lot of things that we wouldn’t have encountered if we didn’t watch that movie or read that book with really good reviews. Who said staying home means that you can’t be transported to another place with the help of a television or a book?

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3. Learn a winter sport

Skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowmobiling. Winter time is a once a year opportunity to go and get registered for classes to learn these wonderful winter sports. They not only make you a more well-rounded, interesting person, they also help get you out of the house and get you moving to fight off those winter blues and promote good health. What is even better is it gives you the opportunity to meet new people even during winter time when most people are indoors.

4. Enjoy the winter activities

What about sledding or sleigh riding at night while gazing up at the stars? Or shoe skiing for that extra workout? All those are great winter activities that will make your winter time more memorable. Not only that, you also get to check off those winter activities that some people have on their bucket lists.

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5. Use this time to reflect

Some animals hibernate during winter time. You can do that too, meaning you can use this time to let your mind be in a quiet environment and reflect on things that you cannot reflect on when the list of summer activities start piling up. Use this long and cold winter season to create a better you, know yourself better, and find out more about what direction you want your life to take.

Any season goes by fast. And each season is unique in what opportunities and activities they present to us. Since life is short and time is fleeting, do make the most out of any season that passes you by and be thankful for yet, another one of it.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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