1. Try out new restaurants. Everyone has been telling you to try out that new place, right? Now is your chance. We have a couple new restaurants opening up right by my work that I can walk to. Make a list of some of the places that you’ve been wanting to try out, and make it your goal to finally try it out. In Columbus, we have a lot of little gems popping up all over town including cafes and bakeries. Skip Olive Garden this week, and try something new and, I’m going to out on a limb here, but better.
3. Cook up your own sunshine in the kitchen. In today’s modern world, you can get just about any fruit or vegetable in any season. I know people say it’s better to stick with what’s in season locally, but oranges and grapefruits from Florida in the winter are one heck of a treat. Try juicing some delicious oranges and listening to your favorite summer tracks. Even if it’s snowing outside, you can still get into the sunshine mood.
4. Go outside. (Yes, even if it’s cold.) On the coldest day of the year, we decided to bundle up and take our dog for a walk somewhere in nature. I couldn’t feel my face, but it was so quiet and serene, you could see the white snow lined and I felt like I was in some arctic world. Yes, it was cold, but it was still fun and beautiful. There are countless scientific studies done on the advantages of being outside and how that affects our minds and moods (Just Google it.) We can become very internal and stressed out when are cooped up inside for days on end. That goes doubly for when it’s freezing out, because we sit inside for weeks not seeing the light of day. Don’t let the cold scare you. After all, that’s why they make hats, coats and gloves.
5. Visit some museums or attend some public programming. There are so many interesting museums, historic homes and programs to visit. We have attended public programming at observatories and the history museums. Columbus Museum of Art has free admission every Sunday, and has an amazing new addition with interesting mirror artwork. Check out what’s around you and attend some programs. It’s worthwhile to check out other nearby towns and see what museums and programs are available near you. You may be surprised at what you find.
I’m sure none of these tips are news to anyone. If anything, I just wanted to encourage you to go out and do something fun and interesting, even if it’s cold out. As famous English adventurer Ranulph Fiennes said, “There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” So get your appropriate clothing on and go out for an adventure!