Autumn and winter can be tricky as the days get shorter, the air colder and the evening draw in with darkness. Getting outside isn’t as simple as it was and our opportunities to enjoy the weather are more limited.
There are some simple ways to think ahead and approach the winter with intention and plans in place to make sure we still make the most of these days with our children. Here’s a few ideas that you can start thinking about and putting in place so that we can thrive through the colder months.
- Make a cosy list. While it is no longer time for alfresco meals, sun filled picnics or paddling pools, these seasons have different joys. Make a list of all the things you love about these seasons and cosying up to remind you of the good things you can enjoy- like lighting candles, reading books, or making dens. Take some time to think through things you can put in place now to make these colder months more enjoyable, and to prepare your home. It could be simple, like buying flowers occasionally or getting a new blanket- or a bigger project that is something that would make your home a place you love to spend time in even more.
- Make a bucket list. You may already have this if you’ve filled in the season refresh in the mama book- but you can make a copy and out it somewhere visible or in your diary to remember, or use the section of the printable. (The autumn winter wellbeing printable is pretty for sticking up!) Make a list of some things that are great cold weather activities, like museums, walks in the woods or some seasonal crafts to give you and your children things to look forward to.
- Think about quality time. How can you spend quality time with your loved ones in these seasons? What things do your children like about the cosier weather- do you have traditions or routines as we approach Christmas or things you love to do at home in the dark evening? What things do you enjoy doing together and how can you invest in time that will help you to connect with your children and others? I think more board games, reading and baking will be on the cards for us as a family- each of those things being things different children particularly enjoy doing.
- Schedule rest & play time. Intentionally carving out some ‘mama time’ is hard but really worth investing in. Decide now about how you can make some time that’s just for you to spend time recharging and doing something you enjoy. Make a list of a few things you want to intentionally make time for over the winter, and find good times to get them in your diary so that you’re not tempted to skip it. It could be going for a swim, trying a new skill or hobby or even just having a bath. Think about which things you need to put in place to take care of yourself and make them a priority. If you are thriving through the winter and embracing it despite the challenges of the seasons- your whole family will.
Whether you dread the colder months or you’re looking forward to crisp mornings and frost a-plenty, these are some simple ways that you can enjoy Autumn and Winter even more with your family and little ones, with a little forethought. If you want a handy place to write some thoughts and stick them up somewhere you can see as a reminder (mine is on my kitchen cupboard!) then I’ve made a handy Autumn-winter wellbeing plan just for that. Click here to see the resources page and either login with your password, or add your email to get it sent across to you so that you can access all the journal pages and printables.