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.
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.
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.
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.
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!