How to Beat the Mid-winter Blues

Laura is a 17-year-old from Ontario, Canada. She enjoys reading, traveling, and music. In her free time, she loves watching Friends reruns.S is for Scrabble by partizan92.

It’s cold and damp outside. The holidays are over and there won’t be another holiday from school until spring break which feels like ages away. No one gets excited when it snows; it no longer puts them in a Christmas mood. It just means another day that includes the inconvenience of having to dig your way out of the driveway so you can drive or walk without getting plastered with snow. Poor driving conditions or fear of cold weather keeps you inside with nothing to do. The months following Christmas and before spring can make one feel as if winter will never end- this is commonly known as the February Blahs or Mid-Winter Blues.

Don’t let these months put you into a downward funk. There are some things you can do to keep you entertained and avoid quarrels with family members who also share your boredom.

  1. Make some snow angels! One of the main causes of boredom during the long winter months is being indoors for long periods of time. The computer or television programs provide limited entertainment. So step outside and get some fresh air. There are many outdoor and inexpensive activities such as cross-country skiing at a local golf course or sledding on a neighbourhood hill. You would be surprised how much fun it is, even if you’re not an outdoors type of person.
  2. Mix it up! I am not normally into baking, but when the cold weather comes, suddenly I find myself covered with flour and the kitchen smells wonderful! It’s fun to try new recipes and make something for the family. It takes up time and makes you feel accomplished instead of wasting away the hours watching TV.
  3. Start a new chapter! Contrary to popular belief, there are many more books out there other than Twilight. Go to your local library or bookstore and pick out a few new reads. Snuggling up with your Snuggie and a good book lets you enter an entirely new world where boredom doesn’t exist.
  4. Get crafty! When there isn’t much to do outside, getting a little creative with crafts is a fun way to spend your time. You can make jewelry, knit or crochet clothing, or even create collages from your photos or old magazines. The finished product is something you can admire and be proud of.
  5. Roll the dice! I have recently become addicted to Scrabble. Games like this are great to play with the family when there is nothing else to do. There is a board game out there for every family—they don’t have to be reserved for those long days at TV-less cottages.


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