As we prepared for our first storm of the season, I was excited.
The one thing most of us want more of is time and an inclement weather day is the perfect excuse to hunker down and stay inside.
But what to do, you ask? Here’s a list to get you started:
• Have a video game fest with your kids, grandkids or with your honey; get the junk food close and prepare to have sore thumbs and good memories.
• Make a new recipe. If you are tired of having the same 10 meals over and over, this is the time to try something yummy and new.
• Groom your pet. They need it, you never have time to do it, it will help you bond and lower your blood pressure.
• Clean a closet or that junk drawer you can barely close. Fill up a box to give away items to those who need it more than you. Bonus, there is a direct coalition between de-cluttering and losing weight.
• Do some online holiday shopping, no rush, no stress, no crowds — ahhhh. Bonus for buying gifts that benefit a good cause at places such as World Vision, Siloam Mission or Ten Thousand Villages.
• Play cards, crib or an old-fashioned board game. You remember those, don’t you? Dust them off.
• Google something fun, such as tongue twisters, optical illusions or simple origami. Why? To do something different and to stretch you mind.
• Create some art. Paint, draw or YouTube some cool nail art to try. It doesn’t have to be good.
• Put on that old exercise DVD — you might get re-inspired.
• Go out and play in the snow.
• Write an article on your perspective of living in your area of town and send it to your community paper — you could be a published columnist before you know it.
• Stay in your pajamas all day, don’t bother showering or maybe go have a nap. It only happens once or twice a year — go ahead, you can do it.
Feel free to add to the list or pick one thing and enjoy the benefits of a snow day.
Stephanie Staples is a St. Vital-based motivational speaker and the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success. You can find more resources for life enrichment at www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.
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