Fun is an Antidote to Fall Stress
We are all more stressed this fall than ever. Stress and anxiety can put enormous pressure on you and your family. Research shows 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus, finances, politics, and uncertainty.
Play Is Great For Your Mental and Physical Health
One of the best healing balms for you and your family stress is play. Studies show play has many health benefits, including rewiring the brain, reducing anxiety and depression, supporting better physical health, and slowing aging. Trying to incorporate play into daily family activities can make a significant difference. The family that plays together stays together. Play is especially beneficial for children’s mental and physical health. This is a great time for fun fall activities.
6 Fun Fall Activities for You and Your Family
1. Decorating. Make or purchase inexpensive Halloween characters and put them up around the house for fun. For the rest of the fall season, use pinecones, colorful leaves, pumpkins, and acorns to decorate. Make the decorating sessions family, creative playtime. Don’t forget to have fun decorating your yard. Don’t forget to post your fun projects online.
2. Cooking. For Halloween, bake frightening cookies in the shapes of vampires, ghosts, or other creepy characters. The family can ice them and have a contest for decorating the scariest cookie. Also, consider making your own apple cider or cinnamon rolls to celebrate the season. Post your yummy treats online to inspire other people to have some fun.
3. Clothing. Fall clothing changes the way you feel. Try new hats and coats this season to welcome the colder weather. Try some playful, bright colors and some colorful plaids. Donate the old clothing to a local charity shop.
4. Carve pumpkins. Don’t forget the revered tradition of making a jack-o-lantern. Get the neighborhood in the festive mood. For younger kids that cannot carve, consider letting them draw on the pumpkins with colorful sharpies. When you’re done, place your family’s creation on the front porch.
5. Fall festivals. During this time of year, most fall festivals have been canceled because or the current pandemic. But you can still go to a pumpkin patch and pick out your pumpkin. Many of them have hayrides or some social distancing playful things to do. It’s good to get out of the house and enjoy this fall weather.
6. Seasonal crafts. There are many great seasonal arts and craft projects that the whole family can try. Older kids can try knitting or crocheting a scarf for colder weather. You and your family can take online painting and drawing courses. Younger kids can make candle holders out of painted, carved out gourds and small pumpkins.