21 Winter Activities For Adults To Keep You Occupied During This Drab And Dreary Season

When we were children, getting cooped up during the winter usually meant hours of playtime. These days, it’s all about thinking of adult winter activities to help pass the time. Of course, I'm sure we all have a list of boring errands that we need to do. But who says we can't have some downtime? I mean, we totally deserve to get in on the fun.

Think about it. Despite all of the responsibilities that comes with adulting, “playtime” is so much more exciting. There are significantly less rules than when we were children. Want to browse DIY books until midnight? You can. Feeling like eating a snack for a meal? Go for it. You can make anything happen.

Personally, I love the downtime that comes with hiding out during the winter months. It’s the best time to just take it slow, organize my life, and practice some of my favorite hobbies. Plus, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a new book and a cup of hot tea. Part of me wishes I could do this all year round.

With the right mindset and inspiration, you can make winter hibernation awesome. Here are 21 ideas to get you started!

1. Spike hot chocolate

This winter, warm up with a big ol' mug of homemade hot chocolate. And since you're a real life adult, you can even spike it with your favorite alcohol.

For starters, check out this red wine hot chocolate by Yeah... Imma Eat That. The fun doesn't stop there, though. We have an entire list of alcohol options to spike hot chocolate with. The hardest part will be choosing which one to make next.

2. Spike coffee

If you're craving more oomph in your winter beverage, spike your coffee. Looking for an example? Try this coffee and vanilla milk shake by The Kitchn. It's a wonderful way to kick off your day when you're craving that something extra.

3. Invent a hot toddy

Winter is the perfect time to invent your own special hot toddy recipe featuring your favorite flavors. With so many teas and liquors out there, the possibilities are endless. Personally, I love adding hot apple cider and honey to sweeten things up.

To learn the basics of creating a hot toddy, visit eHow.

4. Plan a road trip

It might be too cold to trek outside, but that doesn't mean warmer days aren't on the way. Get yourself pumped for spring and summer by planning your next mini getaway. Simply pick a spot that's close enough to visit for a few days. Next, research bars, restaurants, and shops that seem awesome. Remember, Google and Yelp are your friends.

5. Start a vacation fund

Want to plan a real getaway? Now is an excellent time to start. Consider setting up a secondary checking or savings account to save up for your dream vacation. You can also kick it old school and collect spare change in a jar. Remember, every little bit counts.

Setting aside a portion of each paycheck is also a clever method for saving up a vacation fund. You know, grown up things.

6. Plan a brunch

When it comes to adulting, the chance to wake up late and eat breakfast around noon is usually quite rare. This winter, make it a point to plan a brunch with your lady friends. Make it super fun by taking on new breakfast recipes that you haven't tried out yet.

7. Re-decorate your space

The start of the new year is an excellent time to give your space a fresh makeover. Besides, things can get a little boring when you're staring at the same decor for too long. Even just moving things around and hanging up new artwork can do wonders.

8. Clean out your wardrobe

As the years go by, it's not uncommon for your personal style and taste to evolve. Take this time to go through your wardrobe and get rid of anything that no longer speaks to you. Consider donating or giving away those garments; you never know who can use them. A little early spring cleaning never hurt anyone!

9. Dye your clothes

While you're at it, pick a few clothes that could use a color face lift. You'd be amazed at what you can transform with a little fabric dye. This technique is especially ideal for saving stained or discolored clothing.

For a beginner-friendly project, check out this speckled dip-dye shirt by Free People.

10. Update your leather jacket

While you're hiding out from the cold, take some time to transform your black leather jacket. By the time spring rolls around, it's like you'll have an entirely new jacket.

11. Try a new beauty routine

Thanks to YouTube and Pinterest, makeup and hair tutorials are just a click away. Winter provides the perfect chance to spend time indoors and experiment to your heart's content. Who knows, maybe you'll find a new look that you actually love.

12. Clear your browser's bookmarks

OK, this probably sounds like the most tedious administrative task ever. But, we're all guilty of hoarding links on our browser. This winter, tidy up your digital life by deleting links that you no longer need. Use Pinterest to your advantage and save important pages onto boards for safekeeping.

13. Make a scrapbook

Take last year's memories off of your phone and onto paper by creating a homemade scrapbook. That way, you won't have to always depend on social media to remember the good times. Not only will this activity keep you occupied for hours, but you'll have an awesome addition to your coffee table or desk.

14. Volunteer from home

Thanks to technology, you can lend a helping hand without ever leaving your home. Many organizations need volunteers to run social media accounts, do administrative work, or send e-mails. Others collect homemade gifts such as toys or greeting cards. These items, which can be made at home and mailed to the organization, are then distributed to hospital patients or homeless families.

Not sure where to start? Check out VolunteerMatch, Indeed, and your town's local listings.

15. Learn how to crochet

Crocheting is awesome for two reasons. First, your brain will get a really good workout. Second, you'll be able to make a scarf to protect your neck from the cold. It's a win-win.

16. Discover new hiking spots

Are you longing for warmer weather and longer days? I'm right there with you. Try prepping yourself for the spring and summer by researching new hiking trails to explore. Once the warm weather hits, you'll be more than ready to go on a new adventure.

17. Make a winter salad

There's something so homey and cozy about winter salads. I'm thinking it has to do with the rich flavors, roasted veggies, and filling toppings. This winter, consider trying out a few new recipes. You never know what your taste buds will fall in love with.

For starters, visit Half Baked Harvest to learn how to make a winter beet and pomegranate salad.

18. Make a candy cane treat

Now that the holidays have passed, you probably have a ton of leftover candy canes laying around. Put them to good use by whipping up a delicious candy cane dessert.

My personal recommendation? Candy cane Rice Krispies treats by Essentially Eclectic. Yum.

19. Call a friend

It's not uncommon to lose touch with friends over time. This is especially true when people start taking on new jobs, relationships, and families. Top it off with a winter slump and things can get pretty bland. Instead of succumbing to all of this, call an old friend. The simple act of catching up can do wonders for your mood.

20. Meditate

Compared to the holiday insanity of 2015, things are probably looking pretty mellow. Instead of staring at Instagram all day, take some time to meditate. This can be in the form of yoga or simple breathing exercises. You'll be able to boost your brain health, de-stress, and take a break from adult life.

21. Give yourself a manicure

Learning how to give yourself an at-home manicure is one of the best ways to save some cash. Plus, it can come in handy when it's too cold to trek to the salon. Nothing like DIY beauty at its finest.

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