If you live in the Northern hemisphere, especially the parts farthest from the equator, then you know that the winter months can be pretty depressing at times. In fact, for teens who can’t drive or who live in areas with a lot of snow, they can feel downright cooped up!
But, being cooped up only adds to the winter blahs. Even in winter, there’s no reason to be cooped up in the house all the time. Below we offer our tips where we explain how to avoid being cooped up in the winter.
Get A Little Cold
Snow is wet and cold and the wind chill can be brutal at times. Fortunately, modern clothing technology has allowed us to venture out in even the coldest of winters. So, put on the sweater, the coat, the hat and the gloves and go! Don’t be afraid to get out. If you don’t have a car, then walk somewhere.
The fresh air is good for you in many ways. The negative ions in the outdoor air can help you feel less anxious and depressed. And, getting your body moving can burn calories and get your out of a negative rut.
Do you sit around during the winter waiting for people to call you? Well, if so, you might feel cooped up. If you are lonely or bored, then get your energy up and take a little initiative. Invite a friend out. If you drive, offer to take the other person. If you don’t, see if your mom or dad can take you out for the day.
But, don’t sit around waiting for opportunities to come to you. They usually won’t because the other person is sitting on his or her couch waiting for the exact same thing.
Get A Hobby
Sometimes you just can’t get out of the house. You may be snowed in or your mom is in a foul mood and won’t drive you. In this case, you’ll just have to make the best of your situation. You could spend it moping and telling everyone on Facebook how miserable you are. Or, you could actually pursue something valuable like an indoor hobby or activity.
One good example is exercise. Do a workout program inside. The benefit is that if you do it enough, you will be in better shape when summer rolls around. Then, when you do get outdoors, others will admire your body (the hard work you put in when everyone else was inside complaining about the weather).
So, if you start to feel cooped up during the remainder of winter, don’t let it get to you. Follow our tips to save your mental health and be your best!