Simple Tips to Turn the Tables on Winter
By Sandy Schroeder
If sunny summer days seem more natural to you than winter landscapes, you may find yourself hiding out and doing less as the season rolls ahead.
Turning the table on wintry blasts and shorter days could be as simple as taking a few easy steps.
Treat yourself well – A hot cup of your favorite tea, a roaring fire, and some cozy new socks may go a long way to make winter more tolerable. Find some good books, pull out your favorite funny old movies, and challenge your kids to a game of chess.
Keep moving – If the weather permits get outside for 30 to 60 minutes a day. Fresh air and a brisk walk can recharge batteries and spark our mood. If frigid temps or rain reduce your time outside, turn up the tunes and move to the music inside. Or roll out your yoga mat. This may be the perfect time to start a new morning or evening yoga session.
Simmer and bake – Nothing makes home more inviting than the smell of a savory stew or freshly baked cinnamon rolls. This could be a great time to teach your kids how to cook or bake as you revive a few favorite recipes like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies or pumpkin bread.
Invite friends over – Reaching out to enjoy weekend parties or evening suppers could lead to a succession of feasts with tacos, chili or veggie pizzas. Get someone to bring a guitar along and spend the evening singing old favorites or create a story time with everyone adding to an ongoing tale.
Stay hydrated and sleep well – Make sure everyone drinks enough water, and gets enough sleep. Being cooped up inside in a heated home and staying up too late can create stress and needless friction.
Create some crafts – Visit your local craft store or art supply center and stock up on all of the supplies you and your kids might enjoy using to decorate rooms or create gifts. Local fabric and sewing centers have supplies to make potholders or knit scarves.
Find ways to help others – Check around your community to see what your local library or senior center might need. Some facilities allow pets to visit and seniors are often delighted with the visit of a family dog.
Museums, art centers, book stores visits – Use weekends to check out current art exhibitions. One outing may lead to a whole list of other events.
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