I know what you might be thinking. When does a mom ever have time to get bored? But if you live in a cold climate, it really does happen. At least it did for me, even while raising my two kids. Being cooped up all winter can leave you feeling listless or just plain bored. So when you’re in need of a ‘pick me up’ or something just to help pass the winter away, give some of these winter boredom busters a try.
Winter Boredom Busters for Women and Moms
Spa treatment. Revitalize by scheduling a day at the spa, or give yourself a home spa treatment. Bask in luxury with a facial, manicure, pedicure, and hair treatment. A new hairstyle, color, or highlights is also a great way to lift your spirits.
A weekend away. Does winter have you feeling cooped up? Take a long weekend to someplace warm or even just a lively city nearby. Look into attractions and entertainment before you go to make the most of your weekend stint.
Go skating. Look for an indoor or outdoor ice skating rink or rollerskating rink. Skating provides cardiovascular exercise and helps improve your balance and coordination. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun.
Film festival. These often occur during the winter and make for great winter boredom busters. So check out the schedules for your nearby independent theaters. Many also offer discounted passes for viewing multiple films during the festivals.
Join a gym. Get your cardio workout on treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair climbers, arc trainers, indoor rowers, and elliptical trainers. Then use the weight machines to tone and strengthen your muscles. Think how great you’ll look come summer!
Take an aerobics or dance class. If the word ‘exercise’ doesn’t scare you, aerobics is an excellent workout and will increase your energy. If you’re like me and hate the word ‘exercise’, opt for a dance class. To me, it’s one of the best winter boredom busters. There are many styles to choose from: jazz, modern, hip-hop, ballet, clogging, ballroom, salsa, contra, square dancing, and more.
Attend a sporting event. Get tickets to a football, hockey, or basketball game. If you’re not a fan of team sports, you might enjoy a boxing or martial arts match or an ice skating competition.
Try a new sport. Get ready to get your game on with a wide variety of indoor sports. Raquetball, martial arts, tennis, rock climbing, swimming, volleyball, ice hockey, boxing, bowling, and basketball are a few. Check with your local YMCA, recreation center, or local government’s parks and recreation offerings.
Form a weekly or monthly card playing group. Ask friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family to join you in a regular evening of bridge, euchre, poker, or rummy. Ask each person to bring a snack to share, and rotate hosting the event.
Get tickets to the theater or a dance performance. Look for performances at your nearby big theatres as well as small venues found in many communities. Community colleges and universities also often have performances open to the public.
Go to a concert. Check out large venues near you. But don’t forget about the smaller venues that often bring in nationally and world-renowned independent artists from a broad variety of genres such as bluegrass, folk, jazz, Celtic, rock, R&B, blues, Latin, and much more. Smaller venues are excellent because with seating for only a couple hundred people, you’ll enjoy a more intimate experience.
Check out a museum. Look for museums and galleries in your community, the big city, and on college campuses. Art, history, and science museums are a fun and fascinating way to spend a day.
Visit the library. As a bibliophile, this is one of my favorite winter boredom busters. If you like reading, many libraries offer cozy reading nooks. It’s an excellent way to get out of the house while still relaxing. Add to that, libraries provide much more than books. They house extensive collections of DVDs, video games, and music CDs as well.
Do a jigsaw puzzle. This is the perfect indoor winter activity for relaxing while exercising your brain. Before you begin, cut a piece of wood or cardboard a little larger than the dimensions of the puzzle. This way, if it takes a while to complete, you can store it out of the way.
Volunteer for a local charity. Decide on your favorite charity and volunteer your time and services. There’s something out there for everyone whether you want to help the elderly, poor, homeless, kids, pets, or the environment. Just choose something meaningful to you.
Rearrange your furniture. Give your living room, bedroom, or office a fresh look by rearranging for a cozier feel or for a better view of daylight to brighten your environment.
Paint a wall. Choose a bright, cheery paint color to brighten a wall. Do you need more energy? Try red on a single wall. Orange increases happiness and social behavior. Yellow is also a good choice because it helps you think better while reducing depression. A word of caution though. Each of these intense colors can cause irritability if overdone. So paint only a single wall if you’re using a dark shade. If the color is very muted, you might be able to paint more than one wall in a room.
by Kimberly Blaker
Posted: February 2, 2018
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