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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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10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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1. It is easier.

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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    If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

    5. It could lead to better sleep.

    Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

    6. It can help your skin.

    For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

    7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

    Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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    8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

    Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

    9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

    For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

    10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

      Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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      Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

      Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

      Sleep well with your naked body!

      With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

      Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

      If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

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