We’ve all experienced the gloom of the winter months. With the days being so short, and the nights being so cold, winter can be a little bit less than exciting. Winter can be a difficult time of year for many, especially children.
Living up north, there are days that our kids just can’t go outside. It’s too cold, too windy, too wet or all of the above. Of course on those rare days when the sun is shining and we’re able to get outside, we do.
However, those are few and far between during much of the winter months. And I find that when we spend so much of our time indoors, we often lose sight of what’s important. The dark, cold and dreary days can often steal your joy. But here are 10 ways to help you find the joy during those long winter months.
Don’t stay inside
Get outside and go on an adventure! During the daylight hours, spend a little time outside and explore nature. Bundle up and enjoy the crisp winter air. It is so important to take advantage of those daylight hours! Challenge yourself to be up with the sun and go to sleep when it sets if you need to. This may sound strange, but it is a great way to help your body adjust to the winter schedule.
Make exciting plans
When winter hits, it can be hard to get excited. Instead of dreading the next three months of cold, make a bucket list! Write down a bunch of fun things you want to do this winter and get started! Grab your friends and/or family and go!
Brighten up your home
During the daylight hours, open up your curtains and let in some natural sunlight. This will not only help you warm up your home but keep your home from feeling less like a dark cave. If the day isn’t too chilly, open the windows and let in some of that nice crisp air too!
It can be hard to get active during the winter months. Find a new workout video series you can do alone or as a family. Join a gym that offers early morning classes that won’t interfere with your family’s day. Even if you can’t go outside, look for ways to stay active and get moving around the house.
Enjoy your hobbies
Everything tends to slow down during the winter months, so take this time to enjoy some of your hobbies. Read a book by the fire, bake something from scratch, do some painting or crafting. Ask your kids to join in the fun too!
Spend time with friends
Get out there and be social! Invite friends to go out somewhere or invite them over for game night and a potluck dinner. Don’t be a hermit during the winter just because it’s cold. Friends and laughter are good for the soul.
Find the beauty in winter
Winter might make you think of coldness and darkness, but I urge you to remember all the wonderful and beautiful things about it as well. If you need some inspiration, here’s a list to help you get started:
- Snow falling from the sky
- New Year’s Eve
- Cute winter boots
- Freshly baked cookies
- The smell of hot chocolate
Winter is cold, and even if you aren’t getting snow, it’s probably still colder than usual. Take advantage of the cold to snuggle with your sweetheart or just cozy up under a warm blanket. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a cup of cocoa and find some peace.
Take care of yourself
Spend some time this winter doing a little bit of self-care. The sun might not be causing a sunburn, but it could be drying out your skin. Be sure to moisturize often, and even give yourself a little bit of self-care by taking a bubble bath or two.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling down and like I’m about to crawl into a dark hole, I diffuse some of my favorite oils. Not only can oils do oils smell good and fill the air with a wonderful aroma, they can be healing too. I love diffusing essential oils during those days I need a quick pick-me-up or when I’m just feeling a little “off”.
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Winter may not be everyone’s favorite time of year, but hopefully, these tips will help make it a little more bearable. And if you need a little extra pick me up, print out this free Winter Subway Art printable, put it in a frame and remind yourself of all that is beautiful about winter!
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