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September 20, 2018

When Bad Weather Strikes

When bad weather means your family is at home, stuck inside and wishing for sunnier days, having a list of things to keep everyone busy can come in handy. I was reminded of this last week, with my kids home from school as we waited to see what Hurricane Florence might bring to South Carolina. Trying to keep everyone occupied – and not go crazy myself – was a challenge.

Here are a few things to try next time you find yourself waiting out the weather.

Try out new recipes. I recently made croissants, a very time-consuming process but rewarding. Its the perfect recipe to attempt when you aren’t able to go anywhere.

Crack open the books.

My son is working his way through the Goosebumps series.

Tackle a craft. My mother asked me what I was planning to do during the storm. I replied, “I plan to sew. And if I lose power, I’ll switch to knitting.”

Board games. One of my favorite activities.

Parcheesi. I love this game, even though I always lose.

Sleep. Let Mother Nature be your sound machine.

Clean out your closet. Stop holding onto that shirt, dress or pair of pants. Deep down you know you’ll never wear them again. Let ‘em go!

Make a music playlist.

Binge watch your favorite (or new) TV shows.

Exercise: Yoga, jumping jacks, squats, push ups, running in place – there are plenty of ways to break a sweat even if you don’t have any exercise equipment.

Rearrange your furniture. The flow of your home can truly make a difference in how you feel. Check out tips on how to Feng Shui your home.

Pamper yourself. Take a long bath. Give yourself a facial, manicure or pedicure. You can even make your own skin scrubs with items you already have in your home. Salt, sugar, coffee grinds, baking soda and olive oil are just a few ingredients to consider using. I have a recipe on my blog for a coffee-sugar body scrub that’s super simple to make.

What are some ways you keep yourself from going stir crazy when bad weather strikes?


One Comment

  1. These are all great ideas for weathering the storm when stuck indoors…simple and grounded activities that require good, old-fashioned human thought, creativity and social connection. Having just reached the 1st year anniversary of the Wine Country Fires in Sonoma County, California, I am thinking about what my family and I did while our city was on fire. I notice that being helpful came first on the list of things to do. Some of our family activities included ordering hundreds of N-95 protective face masks from for a friend and her husband who distributed them by car to community members in need. Also, we took in a friend’s cat and other family members into our home who were evacuated from their homes. Our neighbors helped other neighbors hose down roofs and clean up debris in yards. We had meaningful conversations and made and shared meals together.