Overcoming the Winter Blues- Outdoor Activities for Kids & Families

Submitted on February 13, 2019

It’s that time of year again when many people are starting to feel the effects of the winter blues. We totally get it – it’s easy to feel down with the colder weather, shorter days, lack of holidays and amount of work you have to finish. While it may be tempting to stay home, curl up under a blanket and wait for warmer days, life is too short for that! Take advantage of the time you have, get active and take steps to overcome your seasonal blues.

One of the keys to overcoming the winter blues is giving yourself things to look forward to. Make weekend plans, go on small (or big) trips and, most importantly be active. Keeping active throughout the winter is proven to boost your mood and wellbeing. Here are a few ideas from Weed Man Lawn Care to help get you through until spring and summer return.

Build an Outdoor Fort or Igloo

This activity is great for kids. If you have recently experienced a lot of snow, encourage your kids to build an igloo in your backyard. Not only can this be really fun, but it can also provide protection from the cold allowing you to keep warmer outside. If you don’t have a lot of snow, use furniture, boards or any other materials you have lying around to make a small outdoor fort.

Go on a Ski Trip

Adapt to the elements and plan a weekend ski trip with the family. Try and appreciate some of the beauty that comes with the winter while enjoying mountain views as you head down the slopes. Have a warm hot chocolate by the fire in the chalet and get out of your normal environment. Planning small day or weekend trips will help get you through the long weeks.

Go Ice Fishing

Fishing is a past time that many people and their families enjoy in the spring, summer, and fall. However, when winter rolls around, many fishermen pack up their gear. Well, if you haven’t tried it before you could consider taking up ice fishing and learning a new technique. You can purchase the equipment yourself, or consider booking a guided ice fishing trip and learn the ropes from some experts!

Go Bird Watching

Head to your local park, go for a hike, bring your binoculars and do some bird watching! Try to see how many different birds you can spot and make it into a competition or scavenger hunt for some extra fun!

Bring the Outdoors Indoors

Even though it’s important to get active and get outside during the winter months, the reality is that sometimes you just do not want to. Instead, try bringing outdoor activities inside. Camp in your living room, plant an indoor garden, have an indoor picnic or roast marshmallows over your living room fireplace!

Go on a Tropical Vacation

If you really can’t seem to shake the winter blues and you are craving some warmth and relaxation, consider planning your annual family vacation between January-March. Heading further south will give you something to look forward to. As an added benefit, the sunshine will give you some much-needed Vitamin D, boosting your mood in the process

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