Do you ever struggle with getting outdoors in the winter months?
I confess do.
Whether it’s the chilly damp air or my own impatience for spring (come on buds, start blooming already!), I tend to get especially grumpy about everything outdoor related around mid-February.
The funny thing, however, is - once I actually go outside, I almost instantly feel energized, and those yucky winter blahs start to go away.
So even though I resist it, I know deep down that getting outside is essential to my emotional health this time of year.
I have a good role model. My own son seems to thrive in the wet winter weather. In fact, one of the first things he does when he comes home from school on a gray wet day is go outside to recharge (for him, it seems like the wetter the better!).
This all makes perfect sense when you look at the scientific research. There are plenty of studies that show how the outdoors restores mental energy and helps fight depression.
We "PNW-ers" also contend with the relative lack of sunlight in the winter and getting outside provides an instant boost of Vitamin D.
But still...getting outdoors in the winter can be hard.
If you are like me, here are a few tips that have helped me follow my son’s lead and make getting outside a priority this time of year.
Need more help? Here's an activity we've sent out on a recent subscription trail packet that is all about making the most of this time of the year. It's a fun one for kids and adults alike.
Winter is a great time to engage the senses that tend to take a backseat when we are usually outdoors. You may not find as many colors dotting the landscape, but you'll definitely discover all kinds of textures, many safe (and fun!) to touch, such as mud, frost, moss, lichen, and tree barks.
If you need a little boost to get you out the doors this week, download this FREE ACTIVITY to help you out. You never know what you might discover on the trail...or in your own backyard.
~Bryna, SNA Co-Founder
Bryna R. Campbell