Snow Day

I loved snow days when I was a kid.  I would spend the whole day outside, sledding, making snow angels, and occasionally running inside for a mug of hot chocolate topped off with marshmallows.

As I got older, when I was in high school, if we had a snow day, I would be inside watching TV.  What a waste of time that was!  I can’t believe the amount of time I have spent watching TV in my lifetime.  It used to be such a pacifier for me, when things were tough just put on a show (even one you’ve seen before) and turn your brain off so you don’t have to feel what you are feeling.  These days, I watch very little TV.  I’m not opposed to kicking back and relaxing.  There are times you need to veg out and turn your brain off for awhile, but when it is being used as a coping strategy because you are avoiding socializing or other problems, its time to reassess!  Do you think anyone looks back on their life and says, “Man, I really wish I had spent more time watching TV!”

Texas got surprised with a couple of “snow” days this week.  It doesn’t take much winter weather to shut Houston down!  We got hit with an icy, wintry mix and I was home from work for two days.  Luckily, we live in the digital age and I was still able to get a lot of work done from home, but the cabin fever definitely hit me anyway!  Normally, I would have spent any non-work time watching TV to pass the hours but I’m making a real effort to challenge myself to find new ways to occupy my time and mind that actually contribute to improving the quality of my life rather than numbing it.

Here are some things I found to do during my “snow” days:

  1. Read a book!  I’m currently reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now.”
  2. Clean the house.
  3. Purge your closet.  I’m finding most of my clothes are not usable for me anymore because of my weight loss (separate post on this coming soon!). It feels good to go through and pick out things that are no longer useful to use that can be sold, donated, or given to a friend.
  4. Play cards.  If you don’t have anyone to play with, Solitaire is always an option.  Use real cards though, don’t play on a computer or phone!
  5. Get creative!  I like to write poetry, sketch, or make other crafts.
  6. Bake.  I challenged myself to make up a cookie recipe.  My banana/almond/raspberry cookies are a little strange, but they still taste good.  Also, they are 100% vegan!
  7. Get outside if you can!  There wasn’t real snow to play in, but go for a walk and explore.  Just make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

What do you like to do on a snow day?

Do you still have fun on snow days as an adult?

Thanks for reading!

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