Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Beating the Winter Blues

I know someone very near and dear to me who suffers from this every winter. My suggestions of coming to Hawaii go unheeded so this is the next best thing. I hope these tips offers work.

Beat the Winter Blues
1. Be spontaneous. Change your schedule. Cancel a same ole’ same ole’ family activity and schedule a fun one in its place. Go bowling, to a museum, to Grandma’s house, anything fun and completely unplanned!

2. Relax the rules. No eating in the living room? Spread out a blanket for a picnic lunch. No sweets on weekdays? Dish up some ice cream. And now is the perfect time to pull out the noisy toys you hid after Christmas (you can hide them again later).

3. Go outside. Even if it’s cold, getting outdoors for 30 minutes or so can change your perspective and refresh your soul. Take a walk, build a snowman, or just breathe in the fresh air and relish the quiet of “outside.” Small bodies need to expend energy. Better to have them do it in a snow bank (even if it means taking 20 minutes to get dressed) than in your living room.

4. Get cooking. Kids love to “help” in the kitchen and making a meal, baking bread, or preparing a dessert can be a fun diversion for the whole family. Accept from the start that you will make a beautiful mess and then pull out the ingredients and call the kids in to help.

5. Learn something new. Teaching yourself and your kids a new skill can open your minds to new worlds, even if you are stuck in the house. Learn a foreign language, try out yoga, research your family tree, learn to knit, study architecture ... Get your brain juices flowing!


Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Well, I'm taking your first advice...I'm coming over!! See you soon. :)



Anna B. said...


Bella Vita said...

Thanks Esther, love your new blog lay out too! Very refreshing and bright! Sadly, we had to cancel our trip to Maui this May due to the economy, but we hope to return to Paradise on earth in a few years. Enjoy the splendor you are blessed to live in! Amore!

Esther said...

LOL, Donna, that would be nice.

Sure thing Anna!

Thanks Roz. Too bad about your trip though...

Marie said...

I am the opposite I love Autumn(fall) and winter..I get the summer blues! Yesterday it was 115 degrees and today the same:( waaaaaa:((...We have our doggies inside but most of our chickens have died thru the intense heat.

Tomorrow there is supposed to be a cool change. Pray God it is so...for those with elderly parents DO check on them...People are also dying from this heat.

See, what did I tell ya...I am not the usual upbeat Marie...I am too tired....but tomorrow things will be better:)

Peace, JOY& Love to you Esther:)

Marie xooxoxoox

Esther said...

Marie, you and the rest of Australia are in my prayers!!!