As we trudge on through these colder months it can often feel like we’ve just been up inside for weeks with no hope of seeing or feeling the warmer temps ever again. Most of you already know that our home is here in Florida so I’m sure you’re probably reading that and laughing at a Floridian complaining about being cooped up from the colder weather, but trust me! It’s cold to us too here in Northwest Florida. Add that instead of snow we get rainy days and it often feels like summer will never come, but it’s coming friends! Trust me, it will be here before we know it but until then, here are 10 winter activities to keep active in building a better YOU for your homestead during this slower season.
Turn off the TV.
If you want to be active, having the TV on every spare second is doing nothing for you except filling your ears with noise and your mind with clutter. Cut it out! Step away from the noise and allow yourself to be at peace with the silence. Your creativity will skyrocket and you’ll be amazed at how much more rested and mentally clear you’ll feel.
Drink Water from a Mason Jar.
To keep myself up and moving regularly while at home, I like to fill a mason jar with water and sip it throughout the day. This helps keep me hydrated but also keeps me moving since the jars are so small and my goal is to drink at least a gallon each day.
Learn Something New.
Part of staying active isn’t just about keeping your body moving but helping your mind to stay engaged too! Pick a topic to learn about and dedicate time to it daily even if it is just 5 minutes each and every day. It may not sound like much but even just 5 minutes a day for 30 days means you’ll spend 2.5 hours investing in yourself.
Go for a Walk.
I know, I know! It’s COLD! It’s wet. It’s gloomy, but go outside anyway. The fresh air is good for you and will help you feel better about yourself and your day. It might also spark the creativity you need to persue a new idea, establish a new plan, meditate on Gods word, or even just refresh yourself so you’re prepared for the next task ahead.
Anyone who knows me at all knows I love yoga. It keeps me moving while also challenging my body and calming my mind. Try it every day for one week and you’ll certainly be amazed at how your health will improve! I personally love to find new yoga videos on youtube that are challenging yet attainable and follow along to learn new stretches and poses to build a better me.
On any particular weekend you can find me at Target or the mall spending $0. I’m there because I’m window shopping but also because I’m trying to keep my body active by walking around and seeing what stores have to offer. By nature, I’m a pretty minimalist person so I don’t often feel tempted to buy anything I don’t actually need but if that is an area you struggle with maybe grab a friend to join you to stay accountable or maybe leave your wallet in the car or your money at home. That way it’s more of a chore for your to impulsively purchase anything.
Set A Step Goal.
At the beginning of the new year I set a goal to walk 10,000 steps per day. I knew going into it that the goal wouldn’t be accomplished every single day, still I set it. Now at 39 weeks pregnant I’m trying to force myself to relax by cutting that goal in half and focusing more on the amount of rest I allow my body to get instead of the amount of movement. Maybe it’s a step goal, maybe it’s a mileage, or a time whatever it is set a goal for yourself to keep your body moving constantly.
Dust the baseboards, clean the fans, and never leave home without a made bed. These are just a few of the simple tasks you can do each week to help your home feel like you have it more together and will inspire you to constantly keep your home clean and tidy. Bonus to constantly cleaning? You get exercise while doing so and are rewarded in the end with a nice and clean home.
Pick a craft.
Crafting has become something near and dear to my heart because it’s not just a way to expand your skills and horizons but also a way to make new friends and interact with people you would have never otherwise crossed paths with. For me, during this season I’ve enjoyed making blankets. I’ve been learning how to crochet and even how to hand knit a blanket. While these may sound like menial tasks to some they not only have saved my household over $300 by my learning to make something I really wanted but I also helped me develop myself more and grow in ways I couldn’t have done without creating these things.
Usually, self care is thought to be a time to slow down and it can be. But it’s also a time to get up, get moving, and invest in yourself. Paint your nails, practice a new hairstyle, learn a new language, try a new skincare routine, but also invest in getting your blood flowing and your heart pumping every single day!
These may sound like menial tasks but together they create a colorful, vibrant, more beautiful life and ultimately a more beautiful well rounded YOU! Don’t just sit in front of the TV all winter. Get up. Get going and build a life you love!