The last few days have been dangerous cold in Chicago (temps have been hitting -20 degrees (F) with windchill in the -40s) so I’ve been snuggled inside wrapped in my favorite fuzzy blanket. That being said, here’s some of my favorite things to do in the cold weather!
Let me know in the comments below what you like to do when you’re stuck in the house for a day 🙂
- Catch up on your favorite Youtubers
There’s nothing better than grabbing some hot tea or coffee and going on a Youtube binge! When it’s freezing cold outside I love to watch travel vlogs from anywhere warm. I definitely prefer warm weather so dreaming about an Italian backpacking trip or a Hawaiian getaway is the perfect way to spend the day. Some of my favorite channels are ‘Damon and Jo’, ‘Fly with Stella’, and ‘Hey Nadine’
- Cook or bake something new
When you’re staying in the house all day, there’s definitely plenty of time to focus on finally making that recipe you’ve been eyeing for months. If it looks like a cold front or winter storm is coming, look through Pinterest for a yummy recipe and stock up at the grocery store a few days in advance. If the storm catches you off guard, make it a challenge to see what you can whip up from what you already have in the house! Some of my favorite cold weather foods are chilis, roasts, soups, and of course, warm chocolate chip cookies!
- Get your planner/calendar in order
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re constantly running to work, classes, errands, etc. Take advantage of the day inside to plan out the upcoming weeks. For me, that consists of writing out all my assignment due dates, work shifts, and meetings in my planner. Sometimes when I’m stuck inside all day I start to feel a little lazy. When I take some time to feel more organized and on top of the upcoming weeks, I feel productive and it helps me keep my stress levels under control in the future.
- Have a movie marathon
Watching movies all day is a classic cold day activity but you can make it even better by hosting a full on marathon with your roommates or friends. Grab some snacks (my personal favorites are popcorn, a cheese plate, and some desserts) and make some warm drinks (hot chocolate, tea, or hot cider) to start. Then set up camp in front of the TV with tons of warm blankets and good company for a cozy day.
Bonus: If you’re brave enough to venture outside, hit up a local coffee shop!
If you’re feeling suffocated in your house but don’t want to go anywhere far, head to a local coffee shop. This is a great option for a change of scenery but not something that takes a lot of effort. (Fun fact: I’m currently writing this post from a coffee shop after being stuck inside for almost two days!!)