If you are looking for some projects or activities that can keep your mind busy during these last few weeks of winter, I have some fun suggestions for you today.
Ways to Keep Your Mind Busy Through the Rest of a Long Winter
It seems like winter can get so long and as much as I love to watch the beautiful snowfall, being stuck inside for months on end can have a maddening effect on a person. My little ones keep me busy during the day but after they go to bed we often find that the evenings can get very long since they are so dark.
Here are some things to do to keep your mind busy so you don’t go crazy waiting for spring to arrive:
Some evenings I like having a little project to work on that doesn’t really take much brain power (since I often don’t have much left at the end of the day!) Puzzles are a great way to fill the time and put your mind on something besides those long dark days. If you have little ones like I do that might think that those puzzle pieces would be fun toys/snacks, you might want to pick up one of these Puzzle Roll Up Mats to put away your activity during the day.
Organize a New Room
There’s always plenty of cleaning and organizing to do around the home but sometimes I find that it’s “funner” to focus on one organizing project instead of feeling overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Pick one room to work on for the rest of the winter and have fun cleaning it out and making it into the room that you really want it to be. You will find smaller projects in making things for the room and before you know it, spring will be here again. 🙂
I love the glow of a candle in the winter. It makes everything feel so nice and cozy and warms the room that you are in with it’s soft glow. Candle Making is fun and fairly simple to do. You can make Soy Candles or Beeswax Candles or any kind of candles that your heart desires. I have some candle holders that I love so we’ve been making taper candles this winter.
We started doing some indoor exercising several months ago when the mud became too much of a nuisance to walk outside. You could come up with your own routine or do like we have and choose from one of the many free exercise videos on Amazon Prime. We do this during the day with the kids since I’ve found that it helps to wear them out a little so they are more ready for bed when bedtime rolls around AND it helps to perk me up when I get to that mid-afternoon sleepy slump.
Take Free Classes
Another great way to occupy your mind is to find online classes that you can take from home. There are many free course available for various subjects online. If you are looking to learn to crafting techniques you might also want to check out the Free Craft Classes on Craftsy. Winter is always a great time to work on crafts, sewing, and other fun projects so taking some classes and learning new skills seems to go right along with that.
Write to Pen Pals/Correspondence
We love sending and getting snail mail and have really increased the amount of mail that we send over the last 2 years. Penning a lovely letter is an excellent way to pass time in the winter and it will really brighten your day to get a response back in your mailbox. Both adults and children alike enjoy having a pen pal or two so make sure you look for one for each member of your family! We found several for our oldest son this winter and even though he can’t write yet, he enjoys coloring pictures for his friends and receiving a similar “letter” back in the mail from them.
If you want to work on your simple living type of lifestyle in the winter, you might also be interested in my workbook, 31 Days to Simpler Living. Going step by step through the days will help to keep your mind occupied through any season of the year and will guide you to live a simpler lifestyle than the one you already lead.
These are just a few things that we’ve been having fun with this winter. While I love each season of the year for it’s uniqueness, winter can definitely start feeling like it’s lasting much too long up here in the north.
Here are some other winter weather posts you might enjoy:
- Planting a Winter Garden
- Creating a Winter Emergency Survival Kit
- How to Grow Fresh Produce in the Winter
- Summer and Winter Meal Planning
- Winter Weather Preparedness Tips and Free Printable Checklist
- Living Like The Long Winter ~ Being Determined
What are some simple things that you do to help your mind escape when the winter is seeming like it’s going to last forever?
This post on How to Keep Your Mind Busy During Winter was originally published on Little House Living in January 2016. It has been updated as of January 2020.