There’s nothing like curling up with loved ones, with pets or simply enjoying a night in while the snow is falling outside your window. Winter is the best season to embrace simple pleasures and prioritize being comfortable and cozy.
When it comes to how you spend your time, you could certainly turn on one of your favorite movies and call it a night, but why not try something you may not have seen before? With shorter days and fewer social obligations on the calendar, winter is the perfect time to embrace new hobbies.
Unsure where to start? We have a few suggestions to help you get started.
Enjoy a Cozy Night In This Winter
Switch-Up Your Streaming Routine
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless supply of movies and television shows available on your devices, but did you know there are alternatives to the standard Netflix picks?
There are new streaming platforms becoming available all over the internet to fit a wide variety of niches and interests. Fans of British TV will love BFI Player, which showcases a wide range of digital shorts, movies, musicals, and even classic British programs from the past.
Theater lovers can indulge in new, inclusive content from providers like Broadstream and their wide-spanning selection of original programs like Clubhouse — which includes interviews with Broadway legends, first-hand stage stories, and entertaining game nights.
Learn a New Language
It’s easier than ever to learn a language that you’ve always wanted to learn. Whether you prefer using your laptop or mobile device, there is a wide range of apps at your disposal — Babbel and Duolingo are two of the most popular and offer a variety of languages to choose from, including French, Spanish, and German.
Get Creative in the Kitchen
What’s better than experimenting in the kitchen on a cold winter night? Even if you don’t consider yourself a cooking enthusiast, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options at your disposal.
Most of us have cookbooks in our kitchens that we’ve barely touched. Why not open one up and choose a recipe you’ve never made before? The best part about experimenting with food is that there is often no wrong answer if you’re open to mixing flavors.
Cooking is a great way to not only pass the time this season but also expand your palate and introduce you to dishes you’ve never considered making before. Once you’ve mastered the recipe, invite friends over for dinner and show off your new culinary skills.
Build a New Workout Plan
Working out can feel like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never experienced movement that brings you joy. In reality, exercise and movement don’t have to feel like a punishment. It can be used as a fun way to keep your body energized and feeling good.
There are plenty of options to spark your interest. If you prefer something slower and more relaxing, try a daily yoga practice. If you’re open to something that will get your heart rate up, there are plenty of virtual boot camps you can follow from the comfort of your own home.