10 Ways Not to Be a Couch Potato
As winter settles in for the next few weeks, it is time to get creative. It is easy to become a couch potato because it is cold and miserable outside. However, just because the weather isn’t the best, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are some ways to beat those winter blues.
- Invite Friends Over for Games: You know how you always want to get together with people during the holidays, but it doesn’t happen? Here is the perfect opportunity! Who doesn’t love board games? I’m still a lover of Yahtzee and Monopoly, but many games have gone high tech. Have you ever played “Heads Up? You can download the app on your iPad. It is like charades except you can talk, but be careful not to say the “word.” We recently played the new game “Speak Out!” and that was a ton of laughs. Here is a video to show you how funny this game becomes. (Sorry Karen) Also, you can order extra mouth pieces on Amazon for a few dollars. The mouth parts are all dishwasher safe, so when the game is over, they can be sanitized and ready for next time.
- “Chopped” Night: I love the Food Network! One of my favorite shows is “Chopped” where contestants are given a basket of ingredients and have to come up with either an appetizer, entrée or a dessert and see how far they can get before the judges chop them. This would be fun, pairing up people who have never cooked together before. However, I think I would just stick with dessert. It would be fun to watch people use their imagination and create a dessert together. Hopefully, it will all be edible in the end. If cost is an issue, have each team contribute $15.00. When was the last time you were able to go out and have a blast for only $15.00 for two people?
- Volunteer: Many times we say we are too busy to volunteer. Now is a super time to lend a hand to an organization in need.Now is a super time to lend a hand to an organization in need. Click To Tweet During the holidays, many organizations are swamped with help, but it quickly dies down after the New Year. I’m sure your food pantry, homeless shelter, church, Boys or Girls Club, senior center or animal shelter could use some extra hands. If none of these sounds appealing, then think about what you are passionate about and find a way to help. All it takes is a phone call and a little willpower.
- Take A Class: Have you wanted to learn something new? Groupon has plenty of offers to fit all budgets. They have painting, cooking, dancing and my favorite: a massage class, just to name a few. Who doesn’t love a good massage? There are fabulous (wink) benefits to knowing a few techniques of massage. Check out your local craft supply store or home improvement store and look at the various classes they offer. Have you ever wanted to take a cake decorating class? How about a good knife skills class? I have to admit knife skills wouldn’t be my first desire, but it might be yours. When we take the time to invest in learning something new, the benefits can be immediately rewarding, and you might even make some new friends or turn it into some extra cash!
- Change Your Scenery: One of the most beneficial ways for me to chase away my winter blues is to rearrange the decor in my home. Moving various pieces around into different rooms can change what we feel looks old and make it fresh again. It is fun to see how something from one room can completely transform another room.
- Go somewhere, Anywhere: The cold weather doesn’t have to limit you to your home just because your funds may be limited. Bundle up and go for a walk. If the cold is too much for you, walk the mall! There are lots of things to see at the mall. Window shopping is free, people watching is fun and walking is the perfect way to get your exercise. If you have a gym membership, use it! If you have wanted to try some new food samples and have a membership, go to Sam’s or Costco on Saturday. They have samples galore with some kind of demonstration from electronics or cookware and always new foods. You can also take the opportunity to catch up with an old friend at a coffee shop, or if your parents are still living, go visit them! They will probably even feed you free food, and it will be priceless for them.
- Check Your Local Calendar of Events: I’m always amazed at all the things I didn’t know were going on that are free or at a very minimal cost. You can do things from bird-watching to salsa dancing! Is there a new shop or boutique you have wanted to visit? Now is the time to check it out! I have also found the local library has some fun events on the weekend too!
- Do those DIY Projects: We all have one of these projects to do, whether it is touching up some paint, fixing a leaky faucet or cleaning out the toy box. Have you wanted to repaint a room? Spring isn’t that far away! Get a jump on it! You know that piece of furniture you have wanted to repurpose? What are you waiting for? Look for ideas, so you will be ready to go as soon as you get a beautiful day!
- Organize and Declutter: You don’t have to wait to start your spring cleaning. In fact, it will be less overwhelming because you will be ahead of the game. Plus, who wants to be stuck in the house when the weather is nice outside? Have you ever said to your friend, “I love that outfit?” Ask some of your friends to clean out their closets and join you for a clothes swap! We all get bored with our clothes, so invite your friends who are your size and choose your favorites from each other’s clothes. Anything no one chooses can be donated to a local charity. There is something very freeing about gaining space back and having everything organized, so you spend less time looking for something. I don’t know about you, but I find it frustrating when I know I have something that I want to wear and can’t find it.
- Make a List of Spring/Summer Goals: It is always fun to plan what you want to do for spring and summer. I have found when I’m not intentional about making my list of things to accomplish, or places to go, I always have regrets. In order to be prepared for spring lawn care and landscaping, take some time to look up new plants and flowers which are suitable for your climate, space, lighting and soil type. This way if you want to add something new or you have to remove a plant, tree or flower, you will know what you want to replace it with. Vacation planning is another great activity for this time of year. Also, if you book your vacation early , you can often get a better rate.
The best part about this list is you can do these things by yourself, with someone, or with your whole family. What are some of the things you do to chase away your winter blues? I’d love to hear your ideas! Guess what? If you did one of these every week for the next ten weeks, you will make it to Spring! How cool is that? Have fun and let’s hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow!