This blog was written by Danielle Deering from The Adventure Project
Knowing now what I’ve learned about the importance of taking time to love on yourself before you can love on others, I’m here to talk a little bit about how to do that in these cold weather temps.
With our thermometers dropping daily and tasks like going through last year’s ski gear in full swing, it’s no secret that winter is on the way. Though some people may thrive in the cold months, I tend to be drawn inside more than usual, regardless of the continuous weekends spent at the ski hill. For me, the indoors breeds the possibility of irritability, anxiety, and a general lack of inspiration at times. Knowing this heading into winter, my game plan is to consistently carve out solo mom time in order to recharge those batteries. In addition to that, I know to make absolute sure that at least some of that solo mom time is spent taking my butt outside to breath in the fresh air of these magical mountains I’m so lucky to live in.
Because the mental health of my fellow moms is something so near and dear to my heart and because, let’s face it, mommin’ aint easy, I wanted to offer a ready-made list of quick and dirty winter activities to keep on hand. After polling a handful of trusted outdoorswomen and reflecting back on the activities that stand to draw me out into the cold each winter, the following list was created with lots of love from me to you.
Top 10 Winter Activities For Adventure Moms
Soak & Sip Day
Let’s start easy. Find a local hot spring (hot tub or bath work too) and get on in, girl. Don’t stop there, though. Fix yourself up your favorite cup of tea or glass of wine. Soak. Sip. Repeat.
Solo Ski Day
Whether it’s busting out the cross-country gear or taking yourself out to the local ski hill for some downhill action, there is nothing quite like strapping the ol planks on and feeling that sun on your face.
Bath Bombs & Great Reads
Only have a handful of minutes at the end of another long and busy day? Draw yourself a bath. Throw in some essential oils or a favorite bath bomb and pull out that book you’ve been meaning to read. Even if it’s just 20 minutes, take time to just float away.
Alpine Lake Skating
How long has it been since you put on a pair of skates? Maybe this is your thing, maybe it’s been 20 years. Either way, alpine lakes make for some of the best skating, if only for the scenery alone. Not up for a giant adventure of accessing one? Go take a spin at your local rink instead. Not everything has to be epic, moms.
Make some Feathered Friends
Here’s some more low hanging fruit for you. Grab a bird feeder, fill it, and wait to see what birds come to visit. If you want to get real fancy on us, stop at your local library and rent a bird guide to learn a bit more about who lives in your neck of the woods.
Winter Photography Excursion
Whether it’s taking a walk in the woods right out your back door, or planning a trip to that special spot that’s been on your must-see list for way too long, grab your camera and go. It’s amazing all there is to shoot when it’s just you, the outdoors, and a fresh blanket of crisp, white snow.
Hobby … What’s that?
When’s the last time you learned something new? Winter is the perfect slow season to learn to knit in your yoga pants, take up screen-printing, or join that pottery class in town you’ve been dying to get to. It’s time to challenge your brain and wake up that old heart of yours, mom. What is it that YOU like to do?
Have you tried snowshoeing yet? It’s like winter hiking, just with way bigger boots. Pack some slices of your favorite cheese, throw in an apple, maybe some hot cocoa and let your feet do the talking.
Where are my adventurous moms at? Dogsledding is invigorating, fascinating, and all kinds of adorable (if you’re into adorable sled dogs like me). Take yourself out on a brave, new adventure. Or, better yet, grab your fellow adrenaline seekers and hit the trail.
Bonfire & S'mores
Winter fires are by far the coziest. I like to set up in the sun, snuggle into my favorite blanket, and warm my toes by the fire. Next comes the s’more building. Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite way to take my dessert game to the next level.
I hope this inspires you to keep filling that cup and pushing your limits.