What to do when the weather ruins your plans

So, as you may well have seen, we’ve had some heavy snow here in Worcester. It doesn’t take more than a dusting for the midlands to come to what can only be described as a ‘standstill’. Road closures, snow drifts and freezing cold weather make for a fierce combination.

Maybe your lectures have been cancelled? Or you can’t get home for the weekend? Don’t despair! Once you’ve ensured you’re stocked up on enough bread and milk for the foreseeable future, here are a couple of ways you can make the most of this time and enjoy yourself, some of which mean you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your house or flat.


Games night

This could mean a few different things – maybe you’ve got a console in the communal area, which you can use to have a Just Dance tournament. Or maybe you want to throw it back to the good old days of board games; monopoly, scrabble and trivial pursuit. If in doubt, there are always plenty of games you can play with a single deck of cards.

Time for a walk

“What?! But it’s freezing outside!” I hear you cry. Yes, I’m well aware. But if you’re equipped with a hat, scarf, gloves and a thick coat, then you’re all set. I think it’s important to make the best of the situation and enjoy the snow. Take some pictures whilst it’s looking pretty – it won’t be much fun when it starts to melt and turn to slush.


This is also a good chance to go and check on your neighbours. Whether that’s students who live in the same halls as you, elderly people or even strangers. Offer to shovel show off someone’s drive and take someone a cup of tea. It’s good to be kind and in these adverse weather conditions, some people rely on a pair of helping hands.

Get a headstart

I know I tend to let my to-do list mount up, and I’ve been using these couple of days to get on top of some work. Yes, so it’s not the most exciting thought, but if you think of these days as your chance to catch up with yourself and maybe get ahead on some reading or research, then it’ll have a domino effect and you’ll be able to relax a bit more in weeks to come.


Have a pamper

This could be in lots of different ways. Some people prefer a nice, hot bath (if you’re lucky enough to have one in Student Accommodation) with a steaming cup of tea. Some take advantage of the extra sleep time and some like to take time away from busy life for mindfulness and relaxation. Whether it’s stress-relieving colouring, a face mask or a yoga session, use this opportunity at home to take some time to do what YOU want to do.

Whatever you choose to do for the few days that you can’t leave the immediate area, make the most of them. You never know when you’ll next get the chance to use the weather as an excuse to stay warm at home.