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After a long winter being inside, get outside and enjoy.
Being stuck inside all of the time is not a lot of fun. Being stuck inside with a child who is constantly bouncing off the walls is a nightmare. While you should absolutely be getting outside in the winter months, it’s a lot of work to do so when there’s snow on the ground and when it’s cold enough that you have to bundle up to do so. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
As winter winds down, and spring comes along, now is the perfect time to start getting outside more. Yes, it’s still cold on some days, and it’s a little bit wet, but as things warm up you should absolutely be getting outside to play. Before you know it, we’ll be in the heat of the summer sun where it’s simply less fun to get outside and play again. Now is the time to get out.
If you’re fortunate enough to have your own backyard, then this should be pretty easy to accomplish. You can get outside for short periods of time without having to go too far. If you don’t have your own yard, then get out for some nice long walks - kids love to explore. Taking them on walks either in a stroller or by letting them walk on their own, they’ll have the chance to see nature changing right before their eyes.
If you have a park close by, you can take a ball over to kick it around or whatever other activity you’d like to do. Do something that will get you and your kids moving. Even walking around is better than sitting on a seat and doing nothing. Take a break if you need to, but try to get moving a little so that you can breathe in the fresh air.
Simply getting outside the confines of your own home will help you to remove some of the stress in your life. Whether it be something you’re struggling with as a parent, at work, or with family, fresh air can be one of the best ways to help you de-stress at least for a little bit. Getting some fresh air will simply help you to clear your mind and gain a fresh perspective.
Being outside does something very similar for kids. Just as being stuck inside all of the time as a parent is frustrating, the same is true for kids. They want to be outside running around and playing. Sure, they may act like they only want to play games and do nothing, but if you’re able to get them outside, it will also do wonders in helping to clear their mind a bit as well.
Yes, getting outside takes work, especially with younger kids. It’s much easier to simply stay at home, enjoy your warm (or cool) home, and not have to get a child ready to go outside or try to beg them to go outside. However, you’ll find that your mental health will be much better by actually putting in the little bit of work to get them out the door.
As the weather begins to warm up, get outside more. You’ll feel better about yourself, and a change of scenery is always a nice thing to have.