Well, autumn is here and you know what that means. Lots of time indoors again, as if we haven’t had enough of that this year. Very often, we resort to spending our hours watching too much television and depression sets in. All the disturbing, bad news affects our mental health and relationships. Sometimes, we need to really focus on what’s important, turn off the social media and the television, and invest in quality time with our families. But, maybe we need a fresh infusion of family night ideas and indoor activities we can do at home. Maybe you’ll find one or two that you’d like to try.
Family Night Ideas You’ll Love
Comedy movie night with your family.
Grab the popcorn, get a hilarious DVD, or find one on your favorite movie streaming service and just laugh. After all, laughter is a known healer. According to Mayo Clinic, “Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.”
In addition, according to Help Guide, “With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”
Family game night.
Games are fun to play in groups, and there are many to choose from, including the good ole tried and true charades. Having a family game night doesn’t have to be board games. Gather your family or a couple of friends (keep it at 2 or 3 max maintain pandemic safety) and have a ball.
Create a hiking treasure hunt.
Discover the benefits of nature and how nature can inspire new interests, including letterboxing. First, find a nature spot near your home and go and hide some stuff out there. Then, create hints for your kids to help them find the stuff. And, of course, give a prize to the first person to gather everything on the list. This is a great activity that you can do with your kids, family members and friends. It also gets you outdoors where nature can help clear your mind and reduce stress.
Listen to what Stress.org says, “A study by Science Direct found that spending time outdoors can help improve mental health. According to their research, nature excursions can help alleviate feelings of time pressure and mental stress.”
Cook a gourmet meal and have a formal family dinner party.
If you like to cook but never had the time, now is a great time to make that gourmet meal. Gather the recipes, go shop and get cooking. To make it even more fun, get the kids involved. They can help cook and set up the dinner table. Get out the fine china and have a formal dinner party with formal attire and all. This is a great experience for the kids to have and something to which they are not usually exposed.
Disco Saturday night.
You probably haven’t been to a nightclub in years, but you can create one at home. If you can afford the cost of a cheap disco ball on eBay, that adds to the fun feel. You could also just use Christmas lights or a string of blue and red light bulbs for your living room. Create a playlist, or perhaps you have some old disco CD’s laying around (don’t worry we won’t tell anyone). Set up a kid-friendly drink bar and make drinks, turn out the lights, and let the music take you to fun zone! Who knows. You may come up with some new dance moves to show the relatives at the next holiday dinner.