With winter comes and the weather gets cold, I tend to want to go into hibernation. The mere thought of being active and spending my time outside becomes a distant memory. This winter, I decided to stop being a hermit crab and follow these 5 tips for staying social, having fun, and not letting the cold get me down.

1. Go Outside

It’s so easy to want to stay inside, curled up with hot cocoa, and beating the cold. Trust me, I am right there with you. But maybe take a short day trip somewhere, go hiking for a couple of hours, or head to the local farmers’ market. Getting out of the house is a great way to hit the “refresh” button. It will make you feel much more motivated and inspired once you are back at home.

2. Host a Get Together

It doesn’t have to be anything big or grand, but have some of your friends over for a movie or game night. Break out some wine and homemade popcorn, come up with a fun game, and just enjoy the company. We all tend to shy away from being social during the winter, but you’re not alone. Your friends will appreciate the time together as much as you will.

3. Find a New Hobby

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do? Maybe you’ve been dying to try a fun DIY project or learn how to bake or just want to finish a good book. Whatever it may be, set some real action goals for yourself and get it done. Sometimes the first step is just making a decision and committing to it. Do not be afraid to take this time to do what you really want, learn new things, and have fun doing it.

4. Don’t Let Things Get to You

I know it’s easier said than done. But often during the winter, I get in this mindset where everything seems “cold” to me and that includes people. Try to keep an optimistic mindset, say hello to your neighbor, or smile at a stranger just because. Happy thoughts often lead to a happy mind and we could all use a little more happiness I think.

5. Plan Ahead

What’s on your bucket list? Is there something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t yet? I think now is a great time to actually set up a plan of what you want to accomplish. It may seem simple, but write down a list with due dates and post it up on your fridge. Every time you go to look at it, it will be a nice reminder that you’re working towards something. Planning ahead will help you stay on track and may even lead to you actually checking that item off your bucket list.

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