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4 Fun Ways to Spend Your Downtime This Winter

Downtime is meant to be just that, a chance to decompress, relax and put your stress and worries aside. It’s just as important for your mental health as your physical health, which is why you want to prioritise it during your non-work hours. But with winter approaching you may be at a loss as to how you’ll spend your free time. We’ve got four fun ways to spend your downtime in winter, regardless of what the weather may be doing outside.

Online Gaming Acts as a Fun and Engaging Escape

Now maybe you’re looking for a way to escape during your downtime, a way to turn off your mind and block out any stress. If that sounds familiar then online gaming can be the perfect hobby. Because online games require your full attention, there is no room for anything else in your mind so you get the perfect break.

Some great online gaming options to check out include online casino games such as poker. If you’re a newbie, these Texas poker cheat sheets will provide you with tips and the basics so you can feel comfortable playing. There are also sandbox-style games like Minecraft that involve creativity and are available on all platforms from gaming consoles to the PC. Then there are strategy-based games on your mobile device such as Clash Royale.

Get Outdoors and Enjoy Winter Activities

While many people retreat indoors during the winter months, there’s a lot to be said for the fresh and brisk outdoor air. Did you know that cooler air can help to boost your immunity, help you to sleep better at night, burn more calories and fat while doing activities, and re-energise you? A cool but sunny day can help you feel more focused and alive and even improve your mood.

Some of the best outdoor activities in the UK include:

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice skating

There are also outdoor festivals and events throughout the winter that can act as your excuse to get outside.

Embrace a Hobby and Learn All You Can About It

One of the most popular ways to spend downtime is with a hobby. There are so many to try that there’s bound to be one that appeals to you. And because a hobby is personal and something you do at your speed, there’s no need to have experience. Part of the fun will be learning about the hobby.

Master a Few Comfort Food Recipes

There’s just something so special about a warm comforting dish of food during the cold, damp months of winter. It puts a smile on your face and fills you up and comfort meals are perfect for sharing with family and friends. This is a great time to tap into your inner chef and master a few common comfort food recipes.

Some great examples that you may want to try include:

  • Chilli
  • Stew
  • Pasta dishes
  • Fish and leek pie
  • Curry pie
  • Slow-cooker beef goulash
  • Bangers, mash and gravy
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Baked apple crumble

The more you practice these recipes, the more comfortable you’ll get with them. Don’t be afraid to also tweak them, adding your flavour infusions and touches.

All of these tips and suggestions will mean that, instead of dreading winter, you’ll be looking forward to it and making the best use of your downtime.

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Eddie Miller

Eddie is an Associate Editor in London, UK. He coordinates client content and sponsored articles. Eddie has two Masters in language and spent half his life in the teaching field. He now owns an Amazon business and runs a wooden DIY workshop.