The Ultimate Winter Survival Guide for Grown-Ups

The Ultimate Winter Survival Guide for Grown-Ups

Ten fun ideas for making it through the dark, freezing months of winter.

By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

Fact: January is the worst month ever. Followed by February. Followed by March, which is only slightly better, due to the fact that there's usually one random warm day where everybody wears shorts and daylight saving starts. So, in summary, winter after the holidays is the worst.

When you've got young kids, you likely spend a fair chunk of time trying to think of ways to keep them occupied when they can't run around outside all day. But, what about us grown-ups? We get bored, antsy, and a little bummed out during the winter, too. What the heck are we supposed to do?

Here are 10 fun winter activities for the adults. Think of it as your winter survival guide. Check a few of these off your list and before you know it, it will be spring!

1. Start an articles club. I recently read about women getting together for articles clubs as opposed to book clubs, because let's get real, the odds of five or six women all having time to finish the same book by the same date are pretty slim. Enter the articles club, an abbreviated version. Gather up a few a friends for a weekly get-together -- or even monthly if weekly is too much of a commitment -- where you talk about an interesting article you all recently read, and of course eat lots of snacks.

2. Have a designated pizza-and-a-movie night. Not only is it so nice to not have any cooking to do (and minimal clean-up!), everyone in the family will enjoy having something to look forward to each week. Take turns picking the flick (and the toppings!).

3. Slow cooker parties! What's better than a slow cooker meal? Multiple slow cooker meals! Instead of getting all fancy with your dinner party, throw a bunch of tasty ingredients into your pot and let it simmer all day. Have a few families do the same and invite them over for a cozy, yummy potluck.

4. Do one "out of the box" activity a month. We're not talking about going hang-gliding here, we're talking about something you normally don't do, like bowling or going to a museum. Have one person in your family pick the activity each month. Even if you don't like what was chosen, you'll likely feel revitalized after doing something new.

5. Take turns with your spouse to have a "you" night. Moms, dads – everyone needs a break from the kids. But that need seems intensified during the colder months when we're all stuck inside and it’s harder to coordinate a moms’ night out (because it’s snowing like mad!). Instead, choose a night and have your spouse choose another night on which you each get to be "off-duty" at home for a few hours. Take a bubble bath, browse around online, just veg out -- whatever! The break will make you a better parent.

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6. Redecorate a room (or your house!). Come mid-January every year, I swear I always get the crazy urge to redecorate. I chalk this up to the fact that I've been spending more time than usual staring at my walls and furniture. Also, there's no need to drop a ton of money on redecorating your place -- simply rearrange. In the winter, I'm constantly swapping out chairs, moving rugs, and painting old things new colors. A little change of scenery can do wonders for the soul.


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7. Plan your summer vacation. When it's getting dark at 4:30 p.m., nothing can cheer a person up quite like getting in the spirit of the warm, long days of summer. Designate a night where you and your spouse or friends plan an upcoming trip. Spend all night going through travel books, reading hotel reviews online -- and get in the spirit a little more by enjoying some fruity drinks and listening to "summery" music.

8. Volunteer. Few things can make a person feel more fulfilled than helping others. Choose an organization or cause that's near and dear to you and devote some time to it this winter. You'll probably feel a deeper contentment than you've felt in a while.

9. Have a nail polish party. Have some girlfriends each bring over a few nail polishes. Put them in a pile and everyone choose one. You can either paint your own nails and toes or do one another’s -- and of course, gossip.

10. Get matching pajamas. I dare you not to smile when you're standing in the kitchen with the rest of your family and you're all wearing the same thing. Bonus points if they've got footies.

What winter boredom busters do you have?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and an equally sweet baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications.

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