Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

For some of us, it’s hard to get out of bed on these cold, dreary winter days…

…much less get out of the house!

Still, we have to take time to nourish our bodies and minds, weather (pun intended — I’m here all night!) the sun’s shining, the clouds are bursting, or — in most of the east coast’s case lately — snow is swirling all around us.

Because so many of us are used to nourishing our minds and bodies outdoors (walking our dogs, heading to the yoga studio, meditation walks in the park), taking care of our minds and bodies indoors might seem challenging.

Take Care of Your Mind and Body During Bad Weather

I polled around Facebook, Twitter, and my brain of course, and came up with a few ideas to get you started.

1. Spend time with YOURSELF.

When was the last time you spent time with yourself — and just yourself? Do what YOU want (and hopefully the rest of this list will give you some ideas).

2. Spend time with family and friends.

As long as it’s safe to get out and about (or, they live with you!) now’s a great time to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Talk, play a game, watch a movie — just enjoy each other’s company.

3. Spend time with your pets.

Sometimes, our lives get so hectic we forget to stop and hang out with our furry (or feathery or scaly) buddies.

4. Work on your mantra.

Whether you want one for the year or for life, work on coming up with your own personal mantra or affirmation. Need some help? Check out How to Choose Your Mantra for 2014.

5. Practice yoga.

This is easier if you already practice yoga; if you don’t, consider holding off on this one until you can get a class or two under your mat (heh, get it?).

Need some ideas? Check out Yoga Week: Depression, Anxiety, Sleep, Sex, and More!

6. Meditate.

I’ve recently fallen in love with walking meditation, but not if it’s too cold or slippery out.

Get started with Margarita Tartakovsky’s How to Start Meditating and Sophie Henshaw’s How to Do Present Moment Awareness Meditation.

7. Pray.

No matter to whom or what, now’s a good time to get in touch.

8. Read a book.

Log some time with that romance or thriller you’ve been reading, or hop on your Kindle or other tablet and try out a new non-fiction self-help book on a topic that’s been bothering you.

9. Clean and organize your home.

I know *I* feel better mentally when things are cleaned and organized — plus, you can get a good workout!

10. Start (or finish!) a project.

No matter the weather, I love to paint and stain things. It’s soothing and helps me focus. Maybe you do, too, or maybe now’s the time to see if you do. Of course, there’s always hanging that new picture, fixing the leaky faucet, finally putting up those new curtains…

11. Work on your hobby.

Writing, painting, playing an instrument, photography, woodworking — whatever floats your boat, take some time to practice it now.

Or…you might even want to take up a new hobby 🙂

12. Take a nap.

They say that, technically, you can’t “catch up on sleep,” but you can definitely log a few much-deserved hours on snow days!

13. Cook a healthy meal.

We’re all about eating healthy food here at Your Body, Your Mind, but sometimes we don’t always have the time to learn new meals. Now’s the time!

And, if you can’t get out of the house to get the ingredients you need, try websites like Super Cook, which help you figure out recipes based on what’s already in your kitchen.

14. Dance!

Come on now, really? Do I really need to sell this one?

15. Pamper yourself!

Thanks to this rainy or snowy or just outright freezing day, you finally have the chance to pamper yourself. I’m thinking home mani/pedis, facials, candlelit bubble baths with some relaxing music and a glass of wine…

Of course, this isn’t a complete list! Share with us how YOU nourish your mind and body during cold and nasty weather.