As the weather gets gloomy and we start bundling up indoors this winter, it can be difficult to find the motivation to head outside, see some friends, and have fun. Especially with COVID-19, the options for safe and fun winter activities are rather limited. However, there are still ways to make the most of the holiday season safely – just remember to mask up, wash your hands, and stay six feet apart from people while doing so.
Get outdoors for snow sports
Whether you’re into skiing, sledding, or ice skating, snow sports can definitely happen safely this year. Be sure to wear a mask before heading into any populated area, but also have fun with friends by exploring the outdoors, getting active, and boosting those endorphins. Any type of exercise is sure to leave you feeling revitalized in the dead of winter – even a snowball fight counts!
Run or walk (at a distance)
On the exercise note, head out around your block or to your nearest hiking trail for a socially distant walk or run with friends. As long as you’re staying six feet apart, you can still work out together and chat as you go. Don’t be afraid to try new forms of exercise with friends too, like yoga, dancing, or HIIT workouts in a park near your home. Make a plan to meet up with friends and relieve any holiday stress you might have!
Hang out by the fire
Looking for an outdoor activity but also trying to stay warm? See if someone you know has a backyard fire pit where you can meet up outside to roast s’mores, listen to music, and play games. Just bundle up with layers, embrace the chilly temperatures, and you’ll be good to go!
Pass around a winter craft project
While crafting isn’t a typical socially distant activity, some projects can definitely be done safely during the pandemic. You and some friends might try cutting out snowflakes to send to each other, passing around a knitting project for various people to contribute to, or even setting up a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. Depending on your comfort level, you could get creative in-person or virtually with friends. Perhaps you work on a project individually and then meet up for a socially distanced show-and-tell? The options are endless for safe and fun art projects this winter!
Connect virtually with friends and loved ones
There are so many ways to connect with loved ones in a virtual setting these days. Utilize a video conferencing platform like Zoom or Google Hangouts and plan a get-together with all of your favorite people. It always helps to have a goal or purpose at these meetings, so consider starting a book club, watching a movie, baking a dessert, or playing virtual games together. The opportunity to connect with others, even over video, makes a huge difference in your wellbeing. Everyone will be grateful for the chance to talk to new people and engage in a fun activity.
Safety is of the utmost importance this winter season, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give in to boredom. Find a new activity, gather some friends at a distance, and make the most of these chilly days!