We all know that winter can often leave us feeling pent up and depressed, especially after the bustle of the holiday’s have passed. The sun doesn’t shine nearly enough and we often avoid getting out and socializing because we don’t feel like braving the icy cold weather outside. This winter prepare ahead of time for coming cabin fever and have a list of activities ready to combat the gloomy days. Here are a few ideas that you might add to your list.
Create a book list to work through this winter. We all would like to broaden our knowledge on certain topics and catch up on the latest fiction bestseller . Look on ebay and amazon to find great deals on the books or visit the local library and stock up.
Plan at least one special, after Christmas party for your family and friends. It can be just a small event with your immediate family or a big bash for everyone on the block. Winter parties are fun because you can choose from a wide variety of themes, so be creative!
Winter brings with it a new year and the chance to start fresh. Use the winter to plan your summer vacation. Looking forward to a coming trip during the summer is a great way to boost your spirits. Have fun reading about your getaway destination and make a list of all the things you want to do while on your trip. Get the whole family involved.
If you have kids, winter cabin fever can be a true nightmare. Make sure the kids have plenty to keep them busy. The most difficult part of the season is finding ways for them to release all their pent up energy. Find a recreation center near you home where you can take the kids to play,or have a home dance party where you boogie with them! It is a great way for you to spend some quality time with your little ones and get a good workout. Have the kids put on a play or teach them how to cook. Winter is a great time to bring the family closer and make special memories that will last forever.
Most people wait until the spring to do housecleaning and remodeling, but winter is a perfect time to dig in and get dirty. Repainting a room in the house, or just doing some redecorating and rearranging can make you home feel new and fresh. Consider cleaning out that closet or sorting through that basement when winter blues come on. Being productive will leave you with a sense of satisfaction when winter blues tempt you to be lazy.
Doing volunteer work is a great activity during the winter. If we reach out and help others who are suffering from winter depression, then we can often lift our own spirits. Going to a children’s hospital, visiting a shelter, working in a soup kitchen, or helping organize a coat drive are among the many ways we can help out while easing our own boredom.
If you enjoy gardening, then why not spend time planning your spring flower beds and vegetable patches. Order your seeds online, gather your tools ahead of time, and dream about your future blooms. If you want to satisfy that green thumb before spring comes around, then grow an herb garden in your kitchen.
One very important tip to combat the winter month’s gloom is to create a sense of life, light, and freshness in your home. Keep the house clean and clutter free, always have fresh flowers displayed on the kitchen table or other prominent areas, make sure you have good lighting and replace any dim or burnt out bulbs, and open up those blinds so the natural light can shine in!
Winter is a great time for us to broaden our horizons and bring our families closer together. It gives us a chance to huddle up in our homes together, play games, and catch up. It doesn’t have to be a time of darkness, gloom, and cabin fever if we know how to keep a positive attitude and enjoy the beauty of the season. Get out and enjoy the cold weather and the winter sights because every winter is different and unique and spring will roll around soon enough!