Even though the days are technically getting longer, it can be hard to force yourself to get out and see the world when the weather is frosty and hostile. We tend to skip walks to work for taking the car instead and even cancel evenings out to the pub with our friends.
It’s no secret that we get glummer during the winter months, in fact, a good portion of us suffer from SAD, or ‘seasonal affective disorder.’ Missing nature’s cues is said to have a profound effect on our mood as we start missing out on our daily dose of sunlight.
With that in mind, there are still plenty of activities that can, and should, force us to go outside and get that much-needed light.
A free museum or gallery
Free museums are perhaps the most accessible way of entertaining both you and your family on the weekends. Trips to free institutions like the Science Museum not only provide free entertainment but a bit of education, too. Seeing a Russian spacesuit, a Saturn V engine or some world-famous contemporary artists might spark imagination in the little ones and conversation during the evening’s meal. If you’re looking to save money on your day out, most museums are used to catering to large groups, so there’s almost always a breakout area where it’s possible to eat a packed lunch you’ve brought with you.
Seeing a show
If wandering around the freezing cold has you looking for excuses to dive indoors, then there’s no better excuse than a show to keep you in the warm. If you’re looking for a laugh to cheer you up, seeing what comedy is on might provide for a much-needed thigh-slapping. Or, for bigger spectacles, wowing the kids with their first experience of London musicals might be a great option for the family. If it’s the dark evenings that are putting a dampener on your mood, then packing your evening with entertainment will keep your mind off the weather outside.
A daytime country walk
Science tells us that what we really need to beat the winter blues is sunlight. It’s easy to take one look outside and decide that an afternoon under a blanket is the best idea, but overcoming that gloomy feeling may require some ventures into the great outdoors.
If the idea of the countryside isn’t appealing, going to a nearby park or area of natural beauty is a great place to get some fresh air. Putting on your wellies (and thick socks), hat, and scarf before going on a long walk with your loved ones might put a surprising spring in your step. Plus, you’ll have a gratifying feeling of being back in the warm when you return home.
Activities and days out to beat the winter blues, first of all, require some motivation. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and want to stay indoors, but once you get outside it will be well worth it. Planning big days and evenings out can put a light at the end of a dull week, and ultimately give you something to look forward to in the darker months.