Four Ways to Beat Cold Weather Blues

Karyn Williams, Staff Writer

It’s fall and it’s cold.  I bet you think the time for outside activities is over.  It’s time to sit inside where it’s warm and catch up on some television.  Well, you know what?  That just so happens to be exactly what I’ve been doing for the past three months and I… am running out of things to watch.  It’s sweater weather! Why should I spend these beautiful days inside?  If you feel the same way then you might be happy to know that I have comprised a list of things to do that are a bit more interactive than staring at your screen for 4+ hours.

Shopping

Whenever we reach a new season, it’s time to get a new wardrobe (or at the very least add to it).  Let’s admit it, it’s been a few months since you last bought clothes (okay, maybe it’s only been a week) and it’s been a very long time since you last had to wear any of your winter clothes.  Maybe your tastes have changed.  Maybe you’ve outgrown your favorite jacket. Whichever reason, you need to get some new digs and I always need an excuse to go clothes shopping           Playing with Leaves.

Who doesn’t have fond memories of jumping into a large, crunchy pile of leaves?  It’s still a personal favorite activity of mine.  Do you remember ever finding one that was just so perfect you wanted to keep it forever?  Did you ever start to a scrap board to archive what you found? Even if it you’d have to get rid of by the end of the month because the leaves had crumbled into dust.  It didn’t last long, but it was fun to do.

Cookout

Summer may be the time for camping, but you never need a reason to start a fire, by which I mean a log fire of course.  Don’t be worried about the cold, the warmth of the fire will be all you need.  Make some hotdogs or do s’mores, you could even tell some spooky stories if you’re prepping for a scary time.

Fun on the Farm.

Apple picking, pumpkin choosing, and corn mazes are subjectively three of the best things to do in autumn.   Take a friend, have some fun.  Get out of your dorm room and into the outdoors.  Don’t know what to do with all of your fresh picked produce?  Try a nice apple pie, a creamy pumpkin pie, or, my personal favorite, homemade pumpkin seeds.

Games

It’s time to open the closet, dust away the cobwebs, and pull out your childhood boardgames.  Sorry!, Shoots and Ladders, CandyLand, Monopoly (actually, no, put that one back; it’s ruined too many lives already).  Even if the classics don’t appeal to you, there are a lot games aimed more towards older audiences.  You can also play card games if that is what fits your fancy.

Either way, if you need something else to do because you just finished binge-watching your favorite show for the fifth time in four months, try giving one of the above things a try.  You might some new memories.