If you are in a cold-weather location, winter is setting in with its ominous grey color and chill forcing many of us to remain in doors. However, being stuck inside doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
If there is anything the shut-downs during the height of the pandemic taught us, it’s how to get creative inside. Here are some tips and tricks to not just surviving winter but thriving in it, too.
Put the electronics away for a few hours and dig into old-fashioned board games instead. Grab Monopoly, Risk, Trouble and all of the other favorites from your childhood. Not only will you hopefully experience a fun trip down memory lane but you’ll be creating new fun-filled memories for your family.
Studies have demonstrated the positive impacts crafting, coloring and drawing can bring. With the cold weather also comes the potential for negative mental health symptoms arise. This happens as a result of seclusion, less sunlight and a whole host of other not so fun things associated with winter. But you can combat this with looking for ways to get crafty. Learn to sew, re-do that table you’ve bene talking about DIY-ing or simply google unique crafting projects. Whatever you choose, it’ll make your spirits brighter. Unless you use glitter, then it’s on you.
Out there in internet-land, there are endless lists of must watch movies. Dig them up and make your own list of what you want to see! This can be something you can get the whole family involved in, too. From there instate a weekly movie day/night and work through that list. With snacks, of course.
Most of us have a stack of books we’re always trying to read but can’t get to. Winter is a time to slow down and do the things, like read those books. Challenge yourself to read so many chapters per day and knock out the list. This is also a family affair, have your kids create their own list too! Make it a project with prizes at the end, to incentivize your resistant readers.
If you don’t like watching cooking shows or eating, we can’t be friends. Kidding, sort of. Winter is the absolute perfect time to try out new recipes and get creative with the foods you make. Look at pinterest, watch the shows and use the winter season to change it up.
Get ahead of the crazy spring and summer can bring. Utilize winter to organize the junk drawers, closets overflowing with stuff you don’t need and finally getting something to organize your spice rack. It’ll make your heart happy and you’ll be ahead of the PCS game.
Did you know shelters and other nonprofit based organizations struggle to find volunteers during the winter months? Find a mission that supports what you believe in and give your time. It’s a proven fact that giving back and doing good impacts your health in a positive way. This is a sure way to increase those happy hormones during the dreary winter and make a difference in the world.
Winter doesn’t have to be too long or miserable, at all. As with each new duty station, your adjustment period starts with how you approach it. Do it with fervor and a little bit of fun.
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