Ideas to Beat Boredom Over Winter Break
This time of year it’s easy to get down. With less sunlight to perk you up and colder weather that makes you want to stay inside even more, it’s easy to get bored and discouraged, especially early in the winter months when spring seems so far away. Take heart and read on! We’ve got some helpful ideas to beat boredom over winter break that we think will get you and your loved ones out of the doldrums and ready to ring in the new year (and a new decade!) with smiles.
- Board Games. You can’t stay bored with board games – okay, that was cheesy, but it’s true. Remember playing your favorites as a kid to pass the time and enjoy being with your family and friends? Especially if you have kids, you’ll love going back to the timeless classics like Monopoly, Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, Battleship and so many others. There are dozens more new favorites that you can find on the shelves of a local store or browsing your favorite shopping app – but if you go the online route, we encourage you to not play them on a screen! The whole point of a board game is to gather around a table in direct fellowship with loved ones.
- Day Trips. Pick a day that isn’t awful outside – there will probably be at least one during your winter break – and bundle up for a quiet nature walk at a local park. Although there won’t be as many flora and fauna as the warmer months, you’ll get to experience some peace and quiet, and the fresh air will do you good. You might also want to take a quick trip to a special spot that you’ve been putting off because the year was so busy: maybe a local craft fair, a food and drink festival, or how about a night at a cozy cabin with your favorite person to snuggle with? Winter break is the perfect time to do some of the things that you’ve had on your wish list all year.
- Volunteer. Regardless of the size of your community, there are probably a lot of non-profit organizations who are short of volunteers to help them accomplish their missions of serving others. This might be a local soup kitchen or food pantry, or any number of other service organizations that are probably overworked and understaffed. Imagine how good you’ll feel by doing something selfless for others, especially around the holidays at the end of the year. If you’re hesitant to do something in person because you’re naturally shy or it just makes you uncomfortable, you might still want to reach out to an organization that you’re interested in because the staff may have tasks you can do for them behind the scenes, or maybe even supplies you can prepare at home.
- Writing, Artwork and Crafts. Regardless of how old you are, the end of any year is the perfect opportunity to do things like journal about the previous year and to dream about the next one. Maybe you’ve even had a short story idea bouncing around for a few months, or there’s a drawing or painting you’d like to try out. Go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? Sometimes artistic expression can help you discover new things about yourself and life, even if you never show another soul what you did. How about learning a new craft like knitting, crocheting or making homemade soap? What about whittling or carpentry? These are just a few of the many activities that are fantastic ways to break the blues of winter boredom.
- Clean. Start the new year with a cleaner home by getting off the couch and working off some of those holiday calories with some elbow grease. You probably don’t like this idea as much as the others, but think about how much better you’ll feel having a living space that smells better and is healthier for you during the long winter months when your windows are closed and your indoor air quality can easily degrade. You just might save some money along the way, too – what if you find a small leak that has been causing water damage, and possibly even mold? What if you discover it’s been months since you changed your furnace filter and it’s caked with nasty particles, along with the rest of your ventilation system? Proper cleaning and routine maintenance will help you avoid longer-term health problems and even bigger bills. If you find a problem that you need some help with – everything from mold removal to water damage restoration, from air duct cleaning to basement waterproofing – the service professionals here at AdvantaClean are standing by to serve you today!PET SAFETY DURING THE HOLIDAYS