Here it is past the middle of March, the temperatures are still routinely in the 20s, and I’m not going crazy. How is this?
This winter has been really pleasant for me. So many people I know have recently traveled to Florida and Hawaii, and I don’t long to do the same.
I had to stop and think about why I feel so content this winter. If it is anything in my control, I will want to keep it in mind for the future. I might find myself feeling cabin fever again someday.
Here is what I’ve come up with:
1. We have had good snow most of the time. Obviously, this is out of my hands, but it makes such a difference to my children and me. Cold and snowless equals staying indoors way too much. Cold with snow equals bundling up and playing outside a lot. Fresh air, exercise and having fun are great ways to keep the mood up.
2. I purchased new winter boots. For several years, I’ve been wearing boots that left my toes chilly. Warm toes contribute greatly to quality of life for a Minnesotan in winter.
3. We have been meeting up with other homeschoolers on a weekly basis just to play and visit. (We still do weekly classes and occasional field trips with a group as well, but it is something different to gather simply for the enjoyment of it.) This has involved visiting many new parks as weather allows. Over the winter, we have met at sledding hills, indoor playgrounds and swimming pools. Again, it is getting out of the house and being active. Having others expecting us makes us more likely to consistently head out to the YMCA or whatever the case may be, and it has truly helped to pass the time.
4. I have been very flexible about school work. If my kids ask to play outside, I say go for it. We can jump back into our school work a little later. And we do, with everyone feeling refreshed.
The moral of the story: make sure you are properly equipped for the conditions at hand, and make sure to get out of the house and enjoy the season you find yourself in as much as possible.