Because Legends of Ravenhall resides in the northern part of the United States, specifically in the Snow Belt, we truly understand the term Winter Blues, especially on those days when it is frigid cold and the sun refuses to shine. Depending on the source, it is estimated that 11 million Americans are affected by SAD, which is Seasonal Affective Disorder. This condition is a form of depression that is related to changes in the seasons, extending generally from fall to spring. What to do about this? Of course, do not hesitate to seek medical care or help at any time. And for those less severe situations, when we simply feel a bit down and less energetic, what a great way to lift spirits and gather with others than through game playing.
Two specific recommendations to help lighten moods is to socialize with others and to do something called hygge. This is a Danish trend which means to create a warm environment with people you enjoy. This helps you to embrace the good things in life. Louisa Thomsen Brits, the author of “The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection,” calls it “a practical way of creating sanctuary in the middle of very real life” and “a cure for SAD”—seasonal affective disease.” Now, whether we buy into hygge or not, the age-old need for connection and contentment is within all of us. What a simple way to connect these two remedies and beat the winter blues but through playing table top games!
Here are some positives that happen when we pull out board games, especially this time of year:
- Helps us to focus
- Connects us with others
- Engages us in fellowship
- We laugh
- Lightens our mood
- We receive feedback, support, and encouragement
- Face to face interaction
- Conversation happens
- Helps us to not feel alone
- Empowers us
So, if you are feeling a bit down or have family or friends that are a bit blue, grab a game and invite them to play!