18 Things To Do When You're Snowed In
The Beast Of The East is here and isn't leaving the UK anytime soon.
Yep, the majority of the country is snowed in and schools, offices and universities have closed all across the UK. Hooray! But if you're like any normal human, after a few hours the novelty of the snow begins to wear off and cabin fever starts to set in.
Turns out being snowed in can actually drive you mad. So here at SRSLY HQ (writing from the warmth of our bed), we're created a list of 18 things you can do when you're snowed in.
So beat the boredom and let's collectively defeat the beast from the east with these ideas:
1. Get on a dating app
Dating apps like Huggle are perfect when you have all the time in the world to swipe, match and chat. Yep, there's nothing better than flirting from your sofa, so why not get a couple of dates lined up for when the snow has finally melted?
2. Make a snowman
OK, you've probably already done this BUT if you haven't, go outside and be a big kid. Organise a snow ball fight, go sledging and make snow angels. But whatever you do, don't eat yellow snow!
3. Catch up on your binge watching
Haven't watched Stranger Things or The Crown yet? Now is your chance to indulge in a Netflix series and eat your body weight in snacks. Don't judge yourself for staying indoors and loving life. Netflix marathons were invented for snow days. *
*That might be a lie
4. Plan your next holiday
Now is the time to do some life admin and organise future plans. Create a list of all the places you want to visit and book your flights and accommodation now. Planning a holiday is not only fun it'll help fight off cabin fever too.
5. Learn a new skill
The beauty of the internet is you can pretty much learn anything from online 'How to...' videos. So if you're keen to master a new skill, whether that's learning French or cooking a certain dish, get on Youtube or pay for an online class. By the snow has gone you may be fluent in French.
6. Have an online stalk
We all do it, so why not enjoy an hour of stalking and have a nosey at people's instagram pics. If you want to go a step further and see who goes to the places you regularly go to, download Huggle. This dating app shows you people who go to the same places as you - either swipe to match or tap on one of your locations to see who has been to your gym, favourite club, restaurant, etc. Just to warn you Huggle is dangerously addictive!
7. Do some decluttering and cleaning
If you can't find anything in your room because of the mess and layer of objects on your floor and bed, now is the perfect time to declutter and clean. Throw away things you don't need and put old clothes you never wear in a charity bag. Clean your house and wash those dishes that have been left in your sink for over a week. You'll be amazed at how therapeutic and rewarding this can be.
There's nothing wrong with putting your feet up and relaxing on a snow day. Sometimes you just need to recharge your batteries and the only way to do that is to chill. Either whack on a face mask, run yourself a bath or just make yourself comfy on your sofa. Embrace this time off and be lazy.
9. Bake a cake
Want to make Mary Berry proud? Of course you do, so why not bake a cake? Just make sure, you leave enough cake mix in the bowl so you can lick it all up! YUM!
10. Get arty
Get arty today, whether that's painting a picture, make a ceramic pot or doodling with a biro - allowing the creative juices to flow is an amazing way to relax and get the brain productive. Don't forget to show off your masterpiece on insta.
11. Tackle that passion you've been meaning to start
You've wanted to write a book for ages or maybe you wanted to set up a business. Either way, why not start planning it out and getting the first steps in place. Having a full time job can make our own passions and projects take a back seat but whilst it's snowing outside why not make the most of this extra time?
12. Help the homeless
Do a good deed and help the homeless by volunteering at a homeless charity. There are plenty of things you can do during this bitter weather that will help someone in need of shelter. You can either make a donation, supply charities with clothes and blankets or offer to help give out food and warm drinks. You have no idea how much this simple act of kindness can mean to one person.
13. Read a book
Reading is a great way to learn and engage the mind. Stick your nose into a novel and enjoy this time to read in peace.
14. Earn extra cash
If you have a designer jacket you've never worn or a laptop you no longer use, now is the perfect opportunity to sell your things and make some extra money. Check out eBay or apps like Depop which are perfect platforms to sell your items.
15. Call a loved one
Check in on a family member or friend and have a good chat. Life can be so busy that we often don't take the time to call our loved ones. Have a nice catch up and enjoy the moment of hearing their voice on the blower. aw!
16. Play games
If you live with housemates, get the board games out and have a day of fun. Who said Snakes & Ladders, was just for kids?
17. Make a playlist
Use this snow day as an excuse to update your music and create a new playlist. This is the perfect way to prepare yourself for your commute when you eventually go back to work. *sobs*
If your partner is also at home then get snuggling under the duvet and remember why you wound up together in the first place.