Winter Wellness: Cosy activities to do this Christmas

Tis the season for festive enjoyment, cosy nights in and wintery walks out.  With the lack of daylight, warmth and motivation it can be hard to think of things to do.  These are some of our favourite activities we’ll be indulging in throughout the next few weeks.  

Jigsaw Puzzles

Indulge in an old-fashioned mindful activity.  The perfect way to spend a cosy night in alone or with loved ones.  Select a festive scene or intricate picture and lose yourself in the process of finding the fitting piece.  

Fabulous Fiction

What could be more perfect that cosying up under a blanket with a good book.  Lose yourself in the world of someone else through a fiction story that keeps you gripped from start to finish. 

Festive Favourites

Grab the popcorn and pop on your favourite nostalgic Christmas movie.  From the Snowman to Home Alone, we only get to watch them at this time of year so why not go all out.  

Drink Hot Chocolate

And we don’t just mean plain.  Grab the whipped cream, mini marshmallows and enjoy every sip.  What could be more soothing a comforting than a creamy hot chocolate. 

Winter Walks

Wrap up warm and get your walking boots on. Head out on a local walk and get some fresh air.  At a time when it's easy to stay cooped up inside, it's easy to feel stagnant and a little lazy.  Appreciate the seasonal changes and make the most of quieter public spaces.  Observe the world around you and keep an eye out for winter wonders like sprigs of holly, a red breasted robin or melting icicles. Always make sure to check weather conditions before heading out and make sure you have the suitable clothing and equipment to stay safe. 

Crack out the Christmas tunes

Paul McCartney, Shakin Stevens, Bing Crosby.  Whatever your guilty pleasure let yourself sing it loud and proud!  Christmas songs only come round once a year; they can be associated with many happy memories of Christmas's gone by.  

Take a nap

Indulging in Christmas food, dark afternoons and a movie on TV.  It’s the perfect recipe for a nap.  The ultimate treat away from our daily routine.  It's natural that our body needs more rest at this time of year.  Let your inner animal out and sink into hibernation mode.  Plus, sleep helps to burn those extra Christmas calories!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Written by Donna Edwards

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