Despite the chilly temperatures and stormy Winter weather, the season shouldn’t spoil all your fun. There are plenty of indoor hobbies that are enjoyable, productive, and beneficial to our health- mind, body, and soul. Many hobbies are even family friendly. So, if you live in a climate that keeps you inside all Winter long, it’s time to try a new indoor hobby.
Why You Should Enjoy Indoor Hobbies
Intentionally making time for your hobbies is beneficial to your mind and body. In addition to spending time with loved ones, laughing more often, and/or challenging your mind, hobbies are known to:
- Decrease stress levels and encourage relaxation
- Increase serotonin (the happy hormone)
- Improve overall health
- Increase gratitude
For these reasons and more, it’s important to participate in your favorite hobbies regularly, even if they keep you indoors.
Indoor Hobbies to Try this Winter
You might not be running the neighborhood or hitting the beach, but there are many hobbies that can be enjoyed inside. It just takes a little creativity! These are a few of my favorite indoor hobbies to enjoy:
- Cooking– While cooped up in the house, trying new recipes and cooking tools is a fun and productive way to pass the time. Purchase new cookbooks or discover new recipes online. You can even get the family in on the fun! You might be surprised by the new skills you learn and tastes you develop.
- Yoga- Online yoga classes are the perfect way to keep your body moving indoors. You can also try online pilates, zumba, or body weight workouts.
- Reconnect to Your Inner Child– Enjoy board games, card games, puzzles, and more with your loved ones- even the kids! Spice it up with a bottle of your favorite wine and homemade cheese board.
- Start a New Workout Program– If you can manage to get to a studio or gym, join a new workout program to keep your body in shape. Different workout programs include kickboxing, Zumba, weight lifting, crossfit, and so many more. Mix it up!
- Journal– Journaling is an effective way to connect with yourself and increase your sense of gratitude. This practice can be done on a daily basis- even multiple times a day. You can find various journal prompts online!
- Read– Challenge your mind with the book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for the last 8 months. Afterwards, keep the hobby going and ask friends for book recommendations!
If you have to spend the Winter season indoors, it’s important to find enjoyable ways to pass the time. Use these indoor hobbies to improve your mind, strengthen your body, and establish healthy relationships with your loved ones!