The dead of winter is full of challenges (to put it mildly), but one of its best perks is that it’s the only time of year you can bunker in and drop off the grid, for weeks at a time, without arousing concern, or getting handed the title Misanthrope of the Year. Yes, in wintertime it is totally socially acceptable to go into social hibernation.
But that kind of freedom can be daunting: you can actually get overwhelmed by the options, paralyzed by cluelessness as to where to start first. We get it. You want to cocoon, but you don’t want to just idle solo on the couch. With that in mind, here’s a handy guide to help get you started on making the most of the season’s lulls—whether you’re bracing for bombogenesis or just clocking some long overdue “me” time.