The onset of winter time can be a beautiful thing: the first snowfall, cozying up with a cup of hot chocolate, and the first exciting snow day of the year where you and your little ones get to play hooky together.
But after several weeks of cold weather and a half dozen snow days, a bit of cabin fever can begin to set in. What can you do to keep things fresh for you and your family while also keeping the winter blues at bay?
Get the Family Together
When the kids get restless, it’s time to round them up for some family fun. Liven up the next snow day by planning a game day. Go the traditional route and marathon your favorite board/tabletop games, or get creative and play indoor sock-er (with balled up socks and laundry baskets as goals) or go on a scavenger hunt. With a little outside-the-box thinking, almost anything can become a game.
Sometimes the cold weather just makes you want to curl up in front of the TV for a while. Build a pile of pillows and blankets and have a movie day. Draw the blinds, marathon your favorites, and keep the hot cocoa brewin.’
When the winter blues are particularly relentless, get into a seasonal state of mind with an indoor summer party. Crank up the heat, put on the swim trunks and drink some fruit juice. With some decorations and surf music, you’ll be feeling the good vibrations in no time.
When All Else Fails – Take it outside
Sometimes, those four walls simply can’t contain the pent up stir-craziness of a long winter. That’s OK! We’re pretty sure that’s what snow games were invented for. Bundle the little ones up and spend the day turning your front lawn into a snowscape. Build snow sculptures or stack up some snowmen and recreate your favorite movie scenes.
While you’re out in the yard, introduce a little competition to the day and have a snowball war. Have each participant build and arm their own snow fort and then battle it out in a cross-yard snowball fight. As a bonus, this is a great way to blow off all of that energy!
Finally, almost nothing is more iconic of a snow day than toting a sled to the top of the biggest snow-covered hill in the neighborhood and taking an exhilarating ride to the bottom. And when it’s all over with, the whole gang will be ready for a well-earned cup of cocoa to warm up.
Get Some Well-deserved YOU Time
Once you do get the little ones occupied, take advantage of it. Occupy your mind with a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Resting your body and working out your mind can be relaxing and recharging. Bonus: studies show that crossword puzzles can help fend off things like Alzheimer's , and they pair well with a cozy fire and a warm blanket.
If you feel like learning something new or being introspective, reading and writing are great ways to pass the time. Journaling is a good way to achieve a higher sense of control over your life, and journals are always fun to look back on in the future. Alternatively, cozy up on the couch with a book and dig into a good story or learn about a new topic.
Pass the time by working with your hands. Maybe you enjoy scrapbooking, knitting or hand-making decorations for your home or your friends. Manual hobbies and crafts are calming and meditative, often giving you a chance to refresh.
What do you do to get through the winter months?