Winter Ecotherapy: 20 Fun Things To Do on a Winter Day

Tons of people feel increasingly depressed or have mood problems during the winter season.

There is less daylight, social isolation and many people get less exercise.

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I believe in God, only I spell it Nature -Frank Lloyd Wright

Connection with nature has been considered beneficial for psychological well-being since times of evolution.

20 Fun Things To Do on a Winter Day

Do you suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Here are twenty different things to do on a winter day

❆ Skiing

This is good exercise & if you go with friends it’s much more fun

❆ Snowboarding

Again, lots of fun and great exercise. Don’t feel bad if you never leave the bunny hill

❆ Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing, there’s really not much to it 


❆ Ice FishingNeed ICE FISHING Instructions?

I personally enjoy fishing in.. any other season than winter.

But, you can buddle up & I would recommended taking the steps to 1. be warm and 2. have the right equipment.

If you’re willing to tackle the challenges, you’ll experience an entirely different fishing adventure

❆ Snowmobiling

If you’re in the right place; like Michigan for instance, there are over 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails.

You can even just rent snowmobiles in some places.

❆ Photography

I love taking pictures fresh after a snowfall. Challenge yourself to find something neat to photograph, even in the cold months.

Winter is usually peaceful when you’re outdoors, since so many people stay in.

You’ll have more privacy, BONUS.


“We have a natural connection with living things”

❆ Running

If you’re dressed right, running is one of the best things to do on a winter day.

“Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses”

❆ Paint The Snow

There are ideas all over Pinterest & other sites for painting snow ⇒ here’s just one 

❆ Snowball Fight

Your kids will probably love it. You can go alllll out on snowball fights. My siblings would get downright methodical with their snowball fighting methods

❆ Snow Angels

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❆ Build A SnowmanHere are some interesting SNOWMEN ideas!

Snowmen can be fun & if winter allows him to stick around you may even be able to give him a makeover!

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❆ Catch Snowflakes ❅❅

Because it’s nostalgic & who can resist those big fluffy flakes?

Studies Prove That Spending Time In Nature Makes People Feel More Alive

❆ Find A Frozen Waterfall

Again, you’ll have way less traffic than in the summer!

❆ Bundle Up and Go On A Walk

“Because the birdsong might be pretty,
But it’s not for you they sing,
And if you think my winter is too cold,
You don’t deserve my spring.”
― Erin Hanson

❆ Fat Tire Biking

Fat tires make difficult terrain, like snow, much easier!

❆ Sledding

You know you’ll get a workout in with sledding.

Get some quality people & sleds and let loose.

❆ Tubing

Ok, so I’ve never been tubing in my life, despite it being in my town but it’s affordable & kid friendly.

❆ Mushing. why not? Mushing is a sport or transport method powered by dogs.

If you have a dog with high energy, mushing could potentially improve their mental health in the winter too!

❆ Ice Skating

Ice skating opportunities are usually fairly close by, but you may have to go indoors depending on where you live.

❆ Shovel Snow

Pop some head phones in, dissociate AND burn calories. When I worked at a group home I loved to get the shovel out, the house will still be there when you’re done. 


People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.

Anton Chekhov

The Seasons of Ecotherapy

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Chaudhury P and Banerjee D (2020) “Recovering With Nature”: A Review of Ecotherapy and Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front. Public Health 8:604440. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.604440