A Mom to Mom Winter Blues Pep-Talk

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I totally get it. The weather is cold and dreary. Everyone is coming down with something. There’s more traffic everywhere you go. Some days I don’t feel like doing anything except getting back under the covers and sleeping all day.

It happens. We get the winter blues. But we are moms and don’t have any time for this. Right? It happens to the best of us. Here are some ways to help.

Exercise

Whether it’s going for a walk or going to the gym, try to find time to get in some exercise. I know with the colder weather, it’s definitely harder for me to make it to my morning workouts. After work, I have too many things to do or I’m just plain tired. However, I have been trying to work out consistently to try to get ahead of the mad rush come post-holidays when everyone joins the gym. I have found that exercise helps me feel better (even when I don’t want to go) and gives me more energy.

Say No

Make the most of your time. You don’t have to go to every holiday thing you’re invited to or volunteer for all of the classroom holiday festivities. Sometimes, it’s okay to say no and make some hot chocolate (or pour a glass of wine – no judgment!) and watch Hallmark holiday movies. Get a massage or take a bubble bath and enjoy some peace and quiet while you can.

Don’t ALWAYS Say No

On the flip side, don’t say no to everything and stay inside all the time. Sometimes a night out with close friends, even if it is for dinner in your workout clothes, can make all the difference. I speak from experience on this one.

Check On Your Friends

The winter blues affect many people. Check on those around you to make sure they are okay too. Even a quick text asking someone how they are doing and letting them know you’re thinking about them makes a world of difference.

Don’t Stress

Yeah, so you may have had one too many chocolates this season. And you’ve been stuffing your face since Thanksgiving. Still haven’t gotten those holiday cards out? Forgot to order that present for the kids? It’s okay. Do the best you can, but don’t stress yourself out. Enjoy the holiday season. It’s not all about the gifts and grandiose gestures. Keep it simple if that’s what is best for you.

Be Present

Instead of stressing all the small stuff, be present. Enjoy this time spent with your kids baking cookies or building gingerbread houses. Grab a holiday coffee and savor every sip. Get off the phone and spend time with your friends and family and enjoy their conversation.

Lastly, Don’t Wait

Yes, January is almost here, but don’t wait until then to start something new. Don’t wallow and say, I’ll do better next month. Also, don’t expect midnight to magically turn everything right. You still need goals and have to work for things that you want. Start planning and doing now! You alone are in charge of your happiness.

As always mama, give yourself some grace this holiday season and do what you need to do. Self-care is so important. Remember – you are amazing!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. How do you handle the winter blues?

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Mee Jean Sasine
Mee Jean is a mom of three who is married to her high school sweetheart. They met at the high school they both attended in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and married in July 2004. Mee Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia while her husband, Greg, graduated from The University of South Carolina (House Divided!). Together, they have three children: Alyssa (8), Jacob (7) and Isaac (1). Mee Jean moved to Columbia in 2002. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Blythewood. She is a marketing analyst at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and loves being involved in the community and making Columbia the best place for her kids to grow up in. As a current classmate in the Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events with her family like the Soda City Farmers Market, Crawfish Festival and Vista Lights to name a few. She also enjoys supporting local businesses around the city. Mee Jean loves hanging out with her girlfriends (for dinner or brunch or bunco), reading, watching Georgia football, running races (whether it be 5ks or Spartans), taking pictures and making memories (lots of selfies and hashtags), shopping, relaxing with some wine by the pool and sleeping. 

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