As the colder weather rolls in, I start to remember the lonely winter days being spent in isolation. Those days, there I was- Trapped. Alone. Miserable.
Everyday appeared to be the same: it was too cold to step outside of the home, for the winter wind was fierce and violently struck you in the face. The road conditions were terrible, resulting in me having anxiety just thinking about driving my SUV anywhere with my young children in it.
The fact is, that I’m not alone. I know there are other mothers out there that have felt the same way as I have. The winter blues are a real thing, and when you’re a mother, this seasonal disorder hits you even harder.
As a mother, you feel trapped inside your home, with babies that don’t seem to settle, toddlers throwing massive tantrums, and older children continuously arguing with each other. The lack of sunlight adds to the darkness of your mind and you crave just a tiny speck of light to shine into your day. But, it never seems to.
It gets lonely. You become hopeless.
So then, what do you do? You have two options
- Sit on the couch and sulk, or
- Get up and find that light yourself!
During the last two winters, I did the latter and it made a huge difference in my overall mood!
There are some simple steps you can take to make you feel better in the winter, here’s what I did:
- I opened the blinds and pulled back the curtains in my home to make my place feel brighter.
- I also made sure to connect with friends, whether it was through a phone call or through social media. Just having a friend I could chat with, made me feel a lot better!
- Implementing a healthier diet added to giving me that boost I needed , as did some light exercise.
- I tried to leave the house. This was difficult for me, but once a week I would force myself to leave the home and go to the library, recreation centre, an indoor attraction, or a coffee shop. Although it was a struggle to leave the home, I always felt better once I reached my destination.
- Finally, each night I did one special thing just for myself- eat some chocolate, read a book or a magazine, give myself a facial, drink some tea, and so on.
My dear mamas, I hope this gives you some inspiration to help you find that light you are searching for this winter!