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Ways to fight the winter blues

A woman wrapped in a blanket while drinking a hot beverage

You know that sensation when the winter blues start creeping up on you? Pessimistic ideas begin to sneak into your mind, and everything seems to be more difficult and demanding. Don’t let the winter blues get the better of you!

We’ve created a list of some simple, effective and fun activities to keep you busy and make the most of your winter season below:

Game nights with friends or family

Maintaining a busy schedule might help you get over the winter blues because being active is strongly linked to more happiness than being idle. The more activities you participate in, the less time you have for feelings of emptiness and gloom. That is why planning game nights is one way to keep busy and have fun with your family and friends.
Here are a few suggestions to add to your game night:

30 Seconds

30 Seconds is a fun game that the entire family will enjoy! This slightly elevated general knowledge game includes questions on a variety of different topics. In a game similar to Charades, one player must guess a term, location, person, or item based on the explanations and descriptions given by their colleagues. With 30 seconds left on the clock, the goal of the game is to predict as many answers as possible from the 30-second card.

Trivial Pursuit

The Trivial Pursuit game is a fun-filled family game you can enjoy at home. It’s sure to keep people of all ages entertained. You’ll have a great time racking your brain for answers to questions related to the category in which you land. Everyone can play the game and put their memory to the test with question-and-answer cards for both children and adults.

Monopoly

When we think about it, Monopoly is a board game that has existed for as long as we can remember. It is not only entertaining, but it is also educative. There are lessons on money, trading properties, developing houses and hotels, and the fact that if you are not cautious, you might end up bankrupt. This classic is also available in Cape Town, Mzanzi, and Durban editions, allowing you to enjoy it in your own city! There are also themed versions available, with themes such as Fortnite, Springboks, Friends, Roald Dahl, Fast & Furious, and many more to choose from.

Challenge your cooking skills

Take your cooking skills to the next level with different challenging recipes that will bring new techniques, flavours, and joy to your kitchen. There’s nothing quite like culinary skills that can bring the mind back to the task at hand and put lazy hands to use. Following a recipe is one way you can channel your energy, time and attention towards preparing a few large-batch dishes for the week ahead or taking your time with an intricate dessert. At the end of the day, there is truly something to show for it. No matter whether you’re in the mood for a wonderfully soothing minestrone soup or an exquisite squash and caramelised onion pastry, there are the culinary tasks to get your teeth into when all you truly want is something to do in the kitchen. Try these 5 soup recipes and cook up a storm.

Pick up a camera and explore

During winter, it’s not unusual to feel sluggish, stressed, have problems focusing, or have your sleep routine disrupted, among other things. Taking pictures may help to lift your spirits and provide you with something exciting to focus on.

When it comes to photography, overcast weather is usually ideal for capturing fine details and beautiful scenery in their natural setting. Cloudy days are extremely beautiful for shooting portraits because the clouds reduce shadows, and you may use more natural light and less flash while photographing. It takes less than a tenth of a second to snap a photo, so grab your camera and start snapping.

Adopt or foster a pet

Adopting a pet may be a wonderful and rewarding experience. It’s possible to make a new friend while also saving a life at the same time. Anyone who owns a pet understands how much joy they can bring to one’s life. The companionship, the unconditional love, and even the educational value of having a furry best friend can’t be matched by anything else. If you want to get into pet care but aren’t sure whether or not a pet is right for you, consider fostering a pet first. The role of foster parents is more like that of caregivers; they provide food, care, and love for animals until they are adopted by a permanent family. Fostering animals also help animal shelters rescue more animals as they search for permanent homes for them.

Learn a new language

Winter can be difficult for some, as all we want to do is sit in front of a heater, wrapped up in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and dreaming about summer. Learning a new language can open up a world of opportunities for you. Whether it’s for that dream job, to travel the world, to meet new people, or simply to keep yourself busy.

It’s easy to hibernate in the winter and forget about everything going on in the world around us. So don’t just sit inside! Get together with friends, explore new places, or adopt a pet (for those of you who haven’t yet). There are so many fantastic things to do in this world, so get out there and take advantage!

 

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