Pandemic-friendly winter activity ideas
Normally winter is a time to slow down, bundle up and focus on keeping our immune systems up to par. Now, with the pandemic still greatly influencing our daily life, getting through winter is different than anything we have known in the last 100 years. Here is a list of pandemic-friendly things to keep your mind and body occupied in the winter:
- Puzzles, board games, card games, handheld 3D puzzles. These are all things that you can do solo or with a household member! Keeping your mind active is a great pastime right now, in between our Netflix binges.
- Indoor workouts. This does not have to mean buying fancy equipment! You can use household items like gallon jugs as weights, or lay out a towel/blanket as a yoga mat. There are thousands of workout videos to follow along with for free on youtube. Just search for your preferred workout including intensity and if you need it to be disability-friendly. Sometimes playing music and dancing around is a great exercise for both our bodies, and brains too.
- Taking a walk (with lots of warm layers and a mask on your face) for around 20 minutes is an instant mood booster, this gets your blood flowing and lets you get some sunshine (vitamin D!) as well. This is subjective to where you live, if you live near crowded sidewalks with heavy foot traffic, it is more than reasonable to stick to indoor activities for now.
- A deep clean. Something that kills time and makes you feel better? Cleaning your living space, or cleaning out an area (for example, a closet or a cluttered area in the home). Cleaning up any part of your living space will help you feel more centered, and decluttering can feel great to donate some items you no longer use! Make sure to check with donation centers right now and comply with their Covid regulations.
- Taking care of something besides yourself. If you have thought about getting a pet, now is a great time! Having responsibilities outside of your own self is healthy and helps us grow as people. If a living being doesn’t sound like the right fit for you, taking care of houseplants or even starting a small indoor garden are both great hobbies for our mental health.
- Stay virtually connected. Humans are social by nature whether we like it or not! We depend on each other in more ways than we think. Coming together as a community has been trying during the pandemic, so staying connected virtually is important. You can join online community groups on social media! Staying connected to loved ones is important too, via phone or video.