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, children continuously arguing and screaming, and older children nagging about being bored. The lack of sunlight during the day adds to the darkness of your mind and you crave just a tiny speck of light to shine into your life. 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 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 a boost, as did some light exercise. Finally, each night I did one special thing just for myself- eat some chocolate, read a magazine, give myself a facial, drink some tea, and well, you get the point!
So, mamas, I hope this winter you take care of yourselves and that you are able to find that light.