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40 Fun Winter Activities You Can Try Now

40 Fun Winter Activities You Can Try Now

The air has turned cooler, but there are lots of ways to enjoy winter and these fun winter activities will keep you warm. Don’t let the season pass without doing at least a few of the things on this list.

Fun Winter Activities To Enjoy Outdoors

  1. Build a snow fort in your backyard. For a shortcut use your picnic table to get started.
  2. Go sledding. (Don’t forget to take a big carafe of hot chocolate with you!)
  3. Ice skate on a frozen pond. (Sure, it might be bumpy but the ambiance is worth it.)
  4. Go ice fishing.
  5. Go on a hut trip. (On a hut trip, you snowshoe or ski to a hut in the mountains and pack everything in and out on your back.)
  6. Make snow angels. (This is extra fun when you combine it with the next activity…)
  7. Sit outside in a hot tub on a crisp, clear, and cold night while the steam rises around you and the stars shimmer above.
  8. Join a local broomball league. (Often in the winter the outdoor skating rinks will host these leagues.)
  9. Bundle up and attend an outdoor sports game.
  10. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.
  11. Try winter camping.
  12. Have a snowball fight.
  13. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow.
  14. Go snowmobiling.
  15. Have a snowman-building contest.
  16. Recreate some of the great Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen cartoons. (Which one is your favorite?)
  17. Snowshoe in your local state or national park.
  18. Take a snowboarding lesson.
  19. Visit a new-to-you ski resort and show off your skills.
  20. Roast marshmallows outside.
  21. Take a walk outside when there is a soft snowfall.

Fun Winter Activities To Try Indoors

  1. Make chili—a classic cold weather dish!
  2. Read a book by the fireplace.
  3. Knit a scarf or start learning how if you don’t already know how to knit.
  4. Enjoy a movie marathon with some wizard’s fire in the fireplace. Simply burn your leftover wrapping paper from Christmas for a special effect.
  5. Add some new hot toddy recipes to your mixology repertoire.
  6. Follow up some time out in the cold with hot tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.
  7. Make Charles Dickens’s Punch. It takes a bit of time and work, but it’s very good and it’s become a winter classic at our house.
  8. Get out your fuzzy bunny slippers.
  9. Sit at the window with a hot drink and watch the snow fall.
  10. Get out your flannel sheets. (They’re so much fun to snuggle in on a cold winter’s night!)
  11. Have a pie making contest with your friends or family. (Extra tip: Donate the pies to a local shelter afterwards.)
  12. Teach your kids (or nieces and nephews) to cook.
  13. Host a craft-making party. Make jewelry, scrapbooks, or work on your knitting while catching up with friends.
  14. Do a cookie exchange. Winter is the perfect time to turn on the oven and do some baking. Combine baking with a cookie exchange with friends for more fun and variety.
  15. Try some new hot teas. (So many teas, so little time!)
  16. Have some friends over for game night. (This is the perfect time to try out the Dickens’s Punch.)
  17. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  18. Have a picnic in the living room. Turn the heat down and the fireplace on!
  19. Take a snow day and huddle under the covers. Watch some TV or enjoy a good book.

Be sure to avoid the winter blues by doing activities you love. Winter doesn’t have to keep you cooped up inside. Get out and enjoy the elements. All you need is some proper layers and you’ll barely feel the cold.

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What are your favorite fun winter activities? Share this article with your friends and pick a new activity to enjoy tonight.

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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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