Remember when you were young, waking up on cold winter mornings and seeing that it had snowed overnight? Remember the excitement of getting the news that, due to bad weather, school was cancelled? Nowadays, looking out the window to see that it’s snowed overnight may create less excitement and more a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. For those of us who need to get to work, run errands, or drive at all, snow can completely disrupt a day’s plans.
But perhaps, with snow sweeping the UK and the promise of more on the way, it’s time to rediscover some of the joy of youth and make the most of it. Here are some ways you can have fun on a snow day even as an adult!
Cook something delicious
Whether you’re a dab hand at baking and cooking or a complete novice, there are loads of recipes out there to suit you! Pull out a recipe book or check out some food blogs for inspiration! And what could be better on a cold day than a hearty soup, warming casserole, or a cookie fresh out of the oven?
Declutter your house
Being stuck in the house is the perfect opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need. If you can’t face tidying the entire house, or even a whole room, clear your wardrobe of clothes you haven’t worn in years and put them aside to take to the charity shop. Empty out a drawer and get rid of all those ancient receipts, the mobile phone you had seven years ago, and coupons for a long-since expired BOGOF deal at your local supermarket. Decluttering just a little will make you feel so much better.
If, during your decluttering spree, you’ve come across things you don’t need or furniture that no longer suits your home that you can’t bear to part with, why not see if you can put your DIY skills to the test and repaint, re-cover, and craft your way from useless, mismatched junk to modern and unique new items to brighten up any room?
Rearrange a room
Maybe you don’t have much stuff to get rid of, or maybe you’ve already done it and are looking for something else to occupy yourself! You can freshen up a room instantly by rearranging the furniture — perhaps you’ll find it leaves you with more space, or allows more light somewhere you really need it. And if it doesn’t work, you can always change it back. You have all day, after all!
Do some exercise
Often the thought of hitting the gym or going out for a jog is a bit daunting — but rather than using the fact that you actually can’t do those things as an excuse, clear some space in your bedroom or living room and make up your own workout!
Make plans for the following week
So, you may have lost a day’s productivity, but hopefully the snow won’t hinder you for too much longer. Plan out how you can shift the rest of your week around, what needs to be prioritised and what you can afford to put off for a little while, so that you can still get the most urgent things done.
Make plans for everything else
Maybe things aren’t so completely hectic that you need to rearrange the next week to make sure you get everything done. In that case, there are plenty of other things you can plan for. How about figuring out what to cook each evening for the next week, or what your loved ones might want for their next birthdays, or even for this Christmas? It’s never too early to start thinking about it, and you may be saving yourself last-minute stress later in the year.
Take a walk
It might be unsafe to drive, but unless you’ve had a serious, can’t-open-the-door type blizzard, there’s nothing to stop you pulling on your wellies and going for a wander through the fresh snow. There’s no better way to recapture your childhood than hurling a snowball at an unsuspecting loved one!
Take a long bath or shower and put the fancy bubble bath you got for Christmas to good use! Try a face or hair mask — if you haven’t got one in your bathroom, you can easily make your own with ingredients from your kitchen. Again, there are loads of cheap and easy recipes available online. Paint your nails, exfoliate, or, if none of that appeals, learn simple meditation and take some time to relax — the possibilities are endless!
Go back to bed!
We’ll take any excuse to stay in our warm, cosy beds — being snowed in seems like a good one! Without even leaving your covers, you could marathon a TV show, order things online (a new mattress, perhaps?), take a nap, send some important emails, or read a good book. Or encourage someone else to come to bed with you...