Activities for Mental Health and Social Connection During the Coldest Months of the Pandemic

It is getting chillier and the pandemic isn’t getting any better, so here we are. Temperatures are dropping below zero in some areas, and all we can do is stare out the window and daydream about the better days, right?! 


No! It is extremely important that we maintain our mental health during these next few months and continue to socially distance ourselves, so that we can control this virus, and get the vaccine widespread. 


I have come up with a few great ideas for activities during the coldest months of the pandemic which will help maintain good mental health and overall morale:

Embrace the Cold: Go Ice Skating or Sledding

This one might sound like a given, but if you are already in a place with super cold weather, why not just embrace it! Ice skating and sledding are activities that allow for proper social distancing, and in many cases occur outdoors! Grab your snow gear and hit the road. If you are not big on winter sports such as the ones listed you can still enjoy the snow by building a snowman with the family or getting really invested and making an entire igloo!

 

Arts and Crafts Night

Here is an activity for those that are not down for embracing the winter (i'm right there with you). There are so many fun winter arts and crafts ideas that are great for the entire family to enjoy. You can make candles, face masks, soaps and other self care products for a spa night. You can have a winter wonderland night and create snow globes, winter wreaths, a fort and decorate winter cookies. Another idea for a fun night in is a puzzle, canvas painting, chocolate making, and some board games!

 

Build a Campfire

Okay, there are no excuses with this one. My boyfriend recently discovered a company known as City Bonfires. City Bonfires, a company creating bonfires for everyone no matter where you live, is the best invention ever! If you live in an apartment and only have a tiny patio off your unit, no problem! With City Bonfire you can set up your portable fire from anywhere. This company also sells bonfires which come with a s'mores making kit because what is a fire without some s’mores?!


City Bonfire + S'mores Kit

Get Take Out and Have a Movie Marathon

This one is pretty self explanatory, but it is important to bring up! I think a lot of people have begun venturing out to restaurants and sitting outdoors, but with the weather changing more and more people have started to just bundle up at home and cook. We can still be supporting local businesses from our living room! Order takeout or delivery food and you are all set to enjoy the best comfort food from home with no COVID exposure. Many restaurants are still offering contactless delivery and curbside pick up options, so get out there and help these businesses survive! Let’s just say, I have given this idea many tries already this winter, so If you are looking for good movies or series let me know!

 

Hot Cocoa Bar

Last but certainly not least, a hot cocoa bar! Hot chocolate is one of the best things this world has to offer us. Anyone disagree?!?! Didn’t think so. Hot chocolate can be made vegan with 100% pure cacao, kosher with a change in the marshmallows, and is typically already gluten free. Thus, everyone can have fun with this great treat! You can start with a few different base flavors such as regular chocolate, chocolate and coffee and peppermint chocolate. Then, you can offer a few different toppings such as whipped cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, chocolate nibs, marshmallows, cinnamon and anything else you can think of that would work here!

I know my page is supposed to inspire you to eat healthy and exercise. However, I want you to understand that eating healthy and exercising isn’t a foolproof plan. With the weather so cold it can be hard on your joints to get up and exercise everyday. It is okay to take a day or two off as needed during these more challenging months. It is okay to have a small COVID friendly family get together to make hot cocoa as a cheat meal. These activities are good for your mental health and wellbeing to get through these next few months, and that is as important if not more important right now. If you have any questions on these activity ideas or wind up doing some of them, definitely tag me in a post or story. Enjoy!

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