Surviving Spring Fever
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - The slow start to Spring seems to be getting to nearly everyone. Adults and kids alike are ready for warmer weather and the chance to get some fresh air.
Holly Evans is the Little Acorns Program Director at Lone Oak Elementary and agrees her job is tougher this year. Last year at this time, the kids in the after-school program were playing outside until their parents came to pick them up. This year, outside has not been an option.
6-year-old Cole Haynes said he'd rather be outside playing "chase" and tag, but has been stuck inside. "Like, if it's one set of rain that would be okay, but if it's a lot, that's not," he said.
Holly said the kids have been very patient this Spring, but on days like Tuesday, when a school sport or activity has possession of the gym, she understands why her boys and girls are bursting to get out of the cafeteria.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sarah Shelton says we can all take a few tips from the after school program to beat the winter blues.
She says to try these 7 things:
-- Engage in positive activities that are fun and exciting
-- Plan things to look forward to in the near future and focus on those plans
-- Socialize with family and friends instead of withdrawing
-- Be physically active indoors, if the weather outdoors is unpleasant
-- Stimulate your mind with books, puzzles, or video games
-- Get adequate rest so that your mind and body are refreshed
-- Bring bright colors and living things, like fresh flowers, into your space