Cabin fever is a common phenomenon in the winter season when people in cold climates begin to really feel the effects of being stuck indoors. Winters can feel endless in some parts of the country and lead to laziness, apathy, and even seasonal affective disorder. But with the right mindset, this is also a great time of year to test out a new hobby and spend long winter days learning about how to live a more natural lifestyle. Here are some activity ideas to get you through the rest of winter.
Experiment with Cooking Natural Foods
Spending more time in the kitchen is a wonderful way to nourish your mind, body, and soul. Many people gravitate towards fattening and starchy comfort foods in the winter, but you can also use this opportunity to focus on whole natural foods with health benefits. Some community farmers’ markets run even throughout the winter to help you stick to seasonal fruits and vegetables. Broccoli, peas, and pomegranate are all great natural foods to help you get more creative in your winter cooking endeavors.
Try Your Hand at Fabric Crafts
What you choose to wear on your body has an impact on the environment, how your skin feels, and your overall health. If you’re looking for a fun winter hobby to feel good about, consider giving needle and fabric crafts a try. This can be knitting, crocheting, sewing, or any other type of craft project that involves yarn or fabric. There are thousands of YouTube videos to teach you these types of crafts at home, or you can get out of the house to take an in-person class at your local craft store. Fabric crafts also make great gifts, so you can work on a few projects now and save them for upcoming birthdays and other special occasions.
Make Your Own DIY Health and Household Products
Commercially produced health and household products are often filled with chemicals you don’t want or need. If you have extra time this winter and want to stick to your new year’s resolution of living a more natural life, start making your own health, beauty, and household cleaning products with safe and non-toxic ingredients. For example, with just a few simple and affordable ingredients, you can make your own shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant. Alternatively, use this time to learn about chemical-free and organic products from trusted brands like Seagate, which makes an all-natural surface cleaner for house cleaning and moisturizers that are better for your skin than any chemically based product.
Read More About Natural Health
Reading is a popular winter pastime, and you can mix up your reading routine with a variety of fiction stories, non-fiction books, magazines, and web articles. Make the most of your reading time by learning about topics that interest you, such as natural health. There are countless books published on the topic to inform and inspire you, as well as Seagate’s very own blog with an abundance of natural living tips and recommendations.
Embrace the Cold and Get Inside
If you can’t beat the cold, why not join it and embrace the season? If you’re willing to bundle up and take some extra safety precautions, winter can be an exciting time to get outdoors and get your daily dose of exercise. Winter hobbies to try in snowy areas include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and downhill snowboarding and skiing. Even going for a simple morning walk in the winter can do wonders for your health and mood so that cabin fever doesn’t hold you back or weigh you down.