The winter is a tumultuous time that can prove quite unpredictable depending on where you live. For instance, if you live in a Northern American state like Michigan or Wisconsin, it is not uncommon for the winter to bring consistent grey skies and a slight feeling of desolation—especially when the snow is knee deep.
Ultimately, the winter brings Christmas which is always exciting, but it also brings seasonal depression and a somewhat grim environment that can be taxing on your mood and state of mind. If you have children, this can be problematic as they don’t want to be cooped up for long periods of time. Luckily, there are ways to get your kids happily through the winter.
The Cure for the Winter Blues
Winter themed crafts
If you and your kids enjoy arts and crafts, and many children do, why not try your hand at some winter-themed crafts? There are plenty of things you can do, many of which can be found on sites like Pinterest. One such craft involves taking construction or some other type of paper and forming a snowman out of cotton balls. You can then decorate the snowman with glitter, hats, clothing, you name it!
This one should be quite obvious. Exercising is always a wonderful way to improve your mood, and of course, your physical health. Try performing your own yoga session with your kids. Get them mats and allow them to explore the practice, learn new coping mechanisms, and benefit from the relaxing, confidence building experience. Getting your children involved in exercise will not only help them through the winter, but it will set a good example for them moving forward.
Although it is most likely cold during the winter, going outside and soaking up some sun is NEVER a bad idea. In fact, getting some sunshine will not only help beat the winter blues, but it is also good for both your mind and your body. Get yourself and your children bundled up and go on frequent walks each week.
If there was ever a time to bust out those board games, it is definitely during the winter months. Most families have a collection of board and card games stowed away in a closet somewhere. Believe it or not, board games can make for a wonderful distraction from the grey snowy skies. Additionally, it is an excellent opportunity to spend time together as a family which is always beneficial for everyone.
No More Winter Blues
Ultimately, wintertime prevents us from doing all the things we love to do throughout the rest of the year. For example, there is no gardening, no playing on the swings, and inevitable snow days. That is of course if you live in a state that gets a decent amount of snow. Even if you are simply dealing with lower temperatures, these suggestions make for excellent activities that will help kick those unwanted winter blues.