101 guide to beating the winter blues

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101 guide to beating the winter blues

If it’s a cold winters day and you feel yourself coming down with a case of the winter blues, there is no need to fear because we have some great ways for you to start enjoying winter rather than dreading it.

Local area events

Follow your areas Facebook page if they have one, or get onto the councils website and check out what events they have on. Whether it’s a food and wine festival or dogs at the park event there is always bound to be something on in your local area or at least close by. It’s a great way to get out of the house and enjoy some time in the fresh air doing something you may not always do.

Treat yourself

Show a bit of self-love and spoil yourself with a facial, massage or anything that you don’t normally do for yourself. It will help you to get out of the house and you will leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. Even if it’s an art or cooking class, there is no time like the present to start doing the things you have always wanted to try.

Step into Eden Laser Clinic, located on level 1 to escape the hustle and bustle of life's everyday stresses. You'll be relaxed from the moment you step through the door, and even more so after partaking in a rejuvenating facial.

Plan a dinner party

Don’t love leaving the warmth of your comfy home during winter but still want to spend the night with your friends? Not a problem, just invite them over for a dinner party. No need for an occasion, just make your own and enjoy the night without stepping a foot outside. Go all out with a theme to set the tone for the night or go for a more simple and relaxed setting, a great way to catch up with everyone.

Update your home decor with trendy design pieces from Laura Ashley on level 2 near David Jones. Once your place looks the part, wow your party guests with a delicious meal with fresh fruit and vegetables from FreshCorp, succulent meat from Joe's Meat Market and an array of Deli treats from Deli Fresco, all located in the Fresh Food precinct near Woolworths.

At home entertainment

If you have the day off but don’t want to face the cold, it’s time to make your own fun at home. Here are 5 ideas to help turn your miserable cold day inside into one of the best:

  • Start a board game or video game tournament
  • Grab the blankets and pillows and have a movie marathon or start a new TV or podcast series
  • Play card games
  • Try to finish a ridiculously big puzzle
  • Get cooking! Even hold a mini cooking competition.

Whether it be a mid-week jigsaw for a night in, or a board game for family gatherings, The Games Shop, level 3, will help you embrace the indoors. If you're after something more fast pace, stop by EB Games on level 1 to check out the latest and greatest of the gaming world.

Learn a new hobby

If you find yourself spending a lot of time indoors when it’s cold, use it as an opportunity to learn a new hobby or develop an existing skill. Open that cookbook that you always wanted to try, learn a new craft or even set yourself a goal to read books more often. There is only so much time you can spend snuggled up in your blankets, so make the most of your time.

Once you have binge watched 5 Netflix series in a row, why not release some creative energy with craft activites from Riot Art & Craft. For the nature enthusiast, head into Australian Geographic!

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