Winter … no offense, but we’re so over you. The thrill of soft, cuddly sweaters and sipping hot cocoa fireside has been replaced with the dread of scraping car windows and being smacked with a blast of arctic air every time we walk outside.
If Mother Nature’s got you down, change your outlook and embrace her! We have several heart-warming ways to cure cabin fever with winter fun.
Don’t let Old Man Winter put a damper on romance — an indoor picnic is a sure way to take the humdrum out of date night. Load a wicker basket with sensational summertime favorites like watermelon slices, cold fried chicken and potato salad, then find a comfy spot on the floor for your classic red-and-white-checked tablecloth. Bonus points if you gather houseplants around the spread to create your own little at-home forest. Add candles and twinkly lights to set the mood, and ta-da — a date night that’s far more memorable than another night of pizza and Netflix.
Bring the beach party inside for more winter fun. Invite your besties to ditch the sweaters and leggings and come ready to hang-ten in flip flops, Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses and shorts. Give your home a Malibu makeover with tropical-scented candles, inflatable palm trees and flamingos, lawn chairs, beach balls and sea shells galore. Crank up the heat and the beach tunes, and set up a tiki bar where umbrella-garnished fruity drinks are plentiful. A quick surf through Pinterest will net plenty of indoor beach party inspiration.
An at-home mini spa day can brighten the mood without investing a lot of time or cash. Tune into the Stress-Relief Playlist on Spotify, fill the tub with hot water and throw in a bath bomb. Apply a facial mask and put cucumber slices over your eyes, and enjoy the steam. Then, break the rules and banish blah winter nail polish for your manicure and pedicure. Instead, swipe on coral and pastel paints with names like “Strawberry Margarita,” “Party in My Cabana,” and “Mint Sorbet.” An afternoon in your at-home mini spa will chase away the winter blues faster than the snow accumulates outside.
These winter fun ideas will help you thrive when others are dreading the winter doldrums. And if all else fails, fun exercises can lighten your mood.