As the weather begins to cool and we begin spending more time indoors, it’s quite likely that we will find ourselves enjoying escapist indulgences. More texting, TV, alcohol and comfort food tend to be the standard way of passing time inside, and all can be delightful as longas there is balance. Today, I want to lay out 5 ideas I have for keeping things under control in the colder months.
1. Turn off all electronics one hour before bedtime and spend that hour winding down. Take a bath, read a book, give your partner a massage or meditate. Studies have shown that electronic screens can disrupt your ability to produce melatonin which can impact your quality of sleep.
2. Do not drink alcohol indoors two nights in a row. Swap them out and enjoy freshly grated ginger and/or lemon in hot water, a nice cup of herbal tea or a yummy green juice coconut “milk shake” instead.
3. Play board games instead of sitting mindlessly in front of the TV or staring at your iPhones. It’s nice to actually laugh and connect with the other people in the room.
4. Use the time indoors wisely. Tackle those home projects that you have been meaning to get to. Clean out your closet one weekend and work on a vision board on a chilly weeknight.
5. Indulge a hobby. Why not pick up a set of paints or build your photography skills? I personally love the summer months, but being “forced” to stay inside takes away the FOMO stress that often keeps us from staying in, unwinding and focusing on more serene and simple things.
What are some of your autumn/winter ideas?