My cold threshold is as high as the pile of a worn out carpet. All I want to do is sit at home with the fire on. The cat loves curling up by the fireplace. Quite often, I want to join her right there on the floor. However, i know what will happen. My midlife middle aged spread-tummy will become larger, my joints will stiffen up and I will become a bored midlifer.

I force myself to go out for three walks a day and I have taken up indoor walking. There are numerous indoor walking videos on You Tube lasting anything from 10 minutes to an hour which you can follow. I do yoga stretches which helps with my flexibility. I try and visit a new place every weekend even if it’s a local gem.

My advice as the winter months settle in is not to let the cold become a barrier to new experiences. Embrace the season with a diverse range of activities, not just to invigorate your days but also to nurture your physical and mental well-being.

Here are 10 ideas tailored for the midlife journey that promise a dose of vitality. The point is to keep moving and stretching your mental and physical capabilities.

  1. Explore Nearby Gems In the winter quiet, explore nearby towns or urban hubs. Engaging with different cultures and environments can be a boost for your mental health during the colder months.
  2. Elevate Your Culinary Adventures Dive into a world of flavors and cuisines. Experiment with new recipes or savor an evening at an exotic restaurant. Engaging your taste buds in novel experiences can significantly impact your well-being.
  3. Indulge in Art and History Take shelter in the warmth of museums. Watch a movie at a cinema. Local cinemas are much cheaper than ones in the centre of cities. Wander through art galleries or historical exhibits—these cultural escapades can be a balm for the mind during the chilly season.
  4. Connect with New Faces Winter need not be isolating. Reach out to neighbors or rekindle old friendships over a warm cup of coffee. Social connections are essential for mental health, especially during the colder, darker months.
  5. Pedal into Nature Brace the cold with an invigorating bike ride. Fresh air, exercise, and natural light are essential for maintaining both physical and mental wellness.
  6. Discover Day-Trip Delights Even in the colder months, a day trip can be a breath of fresh air. Exploring nearby areas, sampling new cuisines, and wandering through unique shops can elevate mood and mindset.
  7. Unleash Your Creativity Engage in arts and crafts to counter winter blues. Creating something new can act as a mental tonic during the darker, colder days.
  8. Host an Al Fresco Gathering If the weather allows, an outdoor get-together on a sunny afternoon can be a powerful mood-lifter as long as everyone is wrapped up well. Hosting a lunch or spending quality time with loved ones can elevate spirits.
  9. Retail Therapy Reinvented Whether indulging in shopping or finding treasures in thrift stores, the joy of discovery can significantly impact mental health during the winter months. I often visit charity shops at the weekend.
  10. Revive Memories with Scrapbooking Revisit cherished moments through scrapbooking. This not only brings warmth but also inspires the creation of new memories, combating the winter lull.