Now that Christmas is over, all the twinkling lights and decorations are down and packed away for the next 11 months, it’s cold, dark and gloomy for a good few weeks before Spring arrives so what to do to pass the time until the evenings start getting a bit lighter. Here’s a list of things that will help make those long dark evenings pass that little bit quicker.
Learn a new recipe
There are plenty of recipes out there waiting for you to try; maybe you received a cook book for Christmas, you found a tasty sounding dish online that you wanted to make or you fancied attempting a family recipe, once you have found what you are going to cook grab yourself a glass of wine and get chopping (do this part before you start drinking the wine, no one wants to find bits of fingers and nails in their food).
Cold winter nights are ideal for reading a book, magazines or catching up with your favourite or discovering new blogs. Get yourself a hot chocolate or cup of tea, a blanket and snuggle under to read (bonus points if you can do this in front of a real fire) and you have the perfect cosy night in.
Have a pamper evening
Run yourself a bath, light some candles, slap on a face mask and relax in the (not too hot) bubble bath while you listen to some music to help you unwind after a long day. Smother your body in body lotion as you don’t want your skin to be as flaky as the sausage rolls you consumed over the festive period, put on your comfy PJs and either go to bed and read a book or stay up and watch a feel good movie.
Everyone is motivated at the start of the New Year to get fit whether it’s to join a gym, go running, swimming or do Pilates. It’s quite daunting walking into these places yourself so see if a friend will come with you or if the thought totally terrifies you there are plenty of DVDs or YouTube channels where you can copy their moves in the comfort of your own home.
Organise your wardrobe
You have possibly bought some new clothes and accessories in the post Christmas sales and are now having to ram them into your already bulging wardrobe and hope that everything doesn’t tumble out and hit you in the head whenever you go in to get something to wear (this is me every day!). I did do a wardrobe organisation post a while back and as much as I would like to say that I maintained it I would be a liar, liar, pants on fire. This is now on my to-do list.
Update your blog
Now obviously this is only going to apply to those who already have a blog but if you don’t have one then why not start up your own one, there are plenty of articles out there on t’internet to help you start off. Are there any posts that need updating, maybe you have written up some posts that you could link into your older ones and hopefully will get your readers to click on them as well as increase your DA. Got dodgy, grainy pics that look like a 5 year old took them (putting my hand up here) when you first started blogging, take some new photos and replace the older pics with these much prettier ones instead. Check for broken or dead links in your blog and remove them as it can affect SEO and page ranking, if you are on WordPress there is a plug-in that can do it for you or if you are on Blogger then a quick Google throws up many Broken Link Checkers for you to click on.
Hopefully this list might give you some ideas for these dark evenings, how do you like to spend your dark, gloomy winter nights?