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50 Things to Do to Conquer Winter Boredom

50 Things to Do to Conquer Winter Boredom

lt’s freezing cold outside.

You feel like you’ve been stuck inside the house for months.

You wonder if winter is ever going to end.

It can be challenging to come up with fun activities to fill your time during winter, especially if you normally spend lots of time outside.

However, there are actually loads of fun things you can do while it’s cold, both indoors and outdoors.

Winter offers unique opportunities that aren’t available during the other seasons, so don’t write just it off as boring or depressing.ICheck out this list for 50 ideas on how to beat winter boredom.

Winter might soon be your favourite season!

1. Do a jigsaw. This is perfect for extra-chilly days. Set the puzzle up on a mat so that it’s easy to move around and complete in stages.

2. Have a snowball fight. If you don’t fancy getting cold and wet, set up targets and see who can hit the most.

3. Have an indoor snowball fight. Not got any snow, or worried about injuries? Buy some soft indoor snowballs – they’re ideal for playing with kids.

4. Go bowling. Want to do something sporty and competitive, without freezing to death? Bowling is idea.

5. Go on a date. Make the most of your free time by planning a fun winter date. How about ice skating?

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6. Take winter photos. Sparkling icicles, buildings covered in snow, robins… Winter is full of great photo opportunities.

7. Plan warm outfits. Work out how to stay cozy and look good.

8. Bake a dessert. There’s nothing like a freshly baked cake to warm you up and make your house smell delicious.

9. Make winter decorations for your home. Cut snowflakes out of paper, make snowmen out of salt dough, and put together paper chains.

10. Wrap up warm and go for a walk. A winter walk can be lots of fun, as long as you’re wearing plenty of layers.

11. Visit a museum. Keep warm and learn about new things – lots of fun for families. Look out for special offers and free exhibitions.

12. Make a gingerbread house. Buy a kit, or make your own gingerbread from scratch. Have plenty of icing and sweets on hand to decorate.

13. Paint a picture. Tap into your artistic side – you could paint a pretty winter landscape, or a cozy log cabin.

14. Make fancy hot chocolate. Forget normal cocoa. Make it an event and go all out with marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles and candy canes.

15. Play an instrument. Always wished you were more musical? Get started now with free online lessons and tutorials for almost any instrument.

16. Learn a new language. Got a holiday planned for the summer? Get prepared now by starting to learn the language – there are plenty of online courses.

17. Build a snowman. Go traditional with a carrot nose and buttons for eyes, or get more creative with unusual accessories.

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18. Go sledging. Grab your sledge, find a hill, and go wild! Sledging is lots of fun, and climbing that hill is good exercise.

19. Have a movie marathon. Want to watch the entire Harry Potter series back to back? It’s winter, you’re allowed.

20. Make fake snow. Lots of fun for kids, and can make a great windowsill decoration.

21. Draw a winter scene. Use your imagination, or search online for cute pictures to copy.

22. Make window stickers. Stick to a winter theme with snowflakes, clouds and icicles.

23. Go to an art gallery. Take in some culture and enjoy a hot drink in the cafe.

24. Visit an indoor shopping centre. Get in some retail therapy without freezing on the high street.

25. Go the the cinema. There’s nothing like a good film. Bonus points if it’s winter-themed.

26. Make a cute tea light holder. Decorate jam jars with paint, pen, or cut-out paper to make a cute candle display.

27. Decorate a mug with permanent marker. Grab a black pen and go wild – you might end up with a new favourite mug.

28. Go to a ski slope. No snow? Visit an artificial slope instead.

29. Do an indoor exercise routine. Put on an exercise video and start getting fit – you don’t even need to leave your bedroom.

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30. Join the gym. Too cold to go for a run? Join the gym and take advantage of fancy equipment and good heating.

31. Have a bubble bath. Add a few drops of essential oil for extra relaxation.

32. Rearrange a room. A change of scenery can improve your mood during the colder months.

33. Cook a new recipe. Look for something hearty and warming.

34. Visit a new restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation, in case everyone else has had the same idea.

35. Learn to knit. Knit yourself a cozy scarf in your favourite colours.

36. Write a story. Wish you could write a novel? Get started now, while you won’t be distracted.

37. Make a short film. Write a script, film on your phone, and edit on your computer. It could be a masterpiece!

38. Start a blog. Got a passion you want to share? Create a free blog and get writing.

39. Learn to code. You won’t want to sit inside coding when it’s sunny outside, so get started now.

40. Cross stitch. Choose a cute winter design and frame it afterwards.

41. Build a blanket fort. Add fairy lights to make it extra magical.

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42. Organize an indoor treasure hunt. Loads of fun for kids – get creative with your clues and hiding places.

43. Put music on and dance. Let off some steam without having to leave the house.

44. Play video games. Choose an immersive game and it could last you the whole winter.

45. Fold origami. All you need is some paper – start with simple folds and work your way up to fancy designs.

46. Make homemade gifts. Save some money of Christmas pressies by making your own.

47. Read a book. Pick up a good novel and the hours will fly by – goodbye boredom.

48. Plan a holiday. Let yourself daydream about going somewhere warm and sunny.

49. Write a bucket list. Making plans for the future is always fun.

50. Start a scrapbook. Take photos, write diary entries, and collect happy memories.

Tired of winter boredom? Beat it now with the fun activities above.

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13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

Why is this so critically important to you?

The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
  • The man facing the judge.
  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

2. Accept Your Fear

Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

And here’s what can be done.

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3. Get Some Perspective

I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

  • Are you really at risk?
  • Will this kill you?
  • Which leads us on to..
  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

4. Hold a Hand

As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

Ask yourself:

  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
  • Could that really happen?
  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

8. Assume the Worse

If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

11. Go with Fear

When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

13. Own Your Fear

Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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