With the winter months looming, you might be wondering how to make the most of your time as the daylight hours draw back.
Colder temperatures and the chance of another lockdown all highlight the need for us to keep ourselves busy this winter, so read on for some inspiration on new activities to try this season.
It might be getting harder to participate in your usual activities with the nights getting colder and darker, but it’s still just as important to keep your mind and body active.
Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of depression by up to 30%, so why not head to your local gym or join a local yoga class for something less strenuous? To release your competitive edge, you could take up martial arts or boxing.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean pacing the streets in the dark after work – there will be plenty of indoor sports and activities to try in your local community.
Learn a new skill
Keeping yourself occupied doesn’t have to be achieved through physical activity – it’s best to strike a balance. Why not learn to play a new musical instrument?
Taking up a new instrument doesn’t have to cost the earth, either: many pianos needing new homes are given away for free, for example, and YouTube tutorials can take you through the basics.
Cooking up something good
Of course, baking is always a reliable way to pass the time. It’s family-friendly, lots of fun, and can be highly rewarding when you get to taste the fruits of your hard work.
If you’re going to attempt any extravagant recipes, you’ll need to check that you have the right equipment first. Are your appliances well maintained and in working order? An oven breakdown could have a significant impact not only on your wonderful baked goods but on your livelihood, especially if you don’t have the means to repair them.
If you’re concerned that a lack of cash and poor credit score could hold you back from funding repairs or a replacement if needed, it may be worth considering loans tailored for bad credit, should you have no other options. If you do decide to take out a loan, make sure you can afford the repayments.
Why not chill out and learn how to follow guided meditation after a busy day? Finding a routine with meditation could benefit your day-to-day life and help you sleep.
Alternatively, you could pop down to your local art store and stock up on supplies. You could even set aside a space within your home to become your own private studio!
Keeping active doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend time with other people – it’s equally important to make time for yourself.