Fall and winter can be a really exciting time as a parent. Watching your kids experience each holiday with fresh eyes can feel like pure magic.
BUT, what about when the holidays are over?
I have always struggled with feeling sad in the months of January and February. There is something especially dreary about cold, winter months once the anticipation of the holidays are over. Being a stay-at-home mom to kids who are not yet in school means we spend A LOT of time indoors during the winter months, and it’s easy to start getting cabin fever and feeling blue.
This year I decided I would make a plan ahead of time to combat seasonal depression! Below are just a few activities that have helped me in these winter months.
Take time for self-care.
Go out to dinner with a friend
Get an acupuncture treatment or a massage.
Drink an indulgent coffee drink.
Take a nap.
Take a solo trip to the bookstore.
Go to the gym.
Take a yoga or pilates class.
Every mom I know struggles with taking time for themselves! I cannot tell you how much doing something alone calms my mind and gets me refreshed for the next day. If at all possible, I recommend at least a few hours a week to be on your own doing something for your enjoyment!
Celebrate small moments.
Friends, Pinterest is a life saver. After the umpteenth day of my kids asking how many sleeps until next Christmas (basically, a million, kids), I decided we would celebrate every single holiday with an activity or a learning experience. We will learn about Presidents on Presidents Day, we will make Valentine’s Day crafts, we will celebrate National Doughnut Day, and I will certainly be celebrating National Margarita Day (It’s February 22nd, guys. You are welcome!)
Don’t become a hideaway.
In other words, get out of your house! Find a trampoline park, bundle up and visit the park, check out the Aquarium or Explora. Nothing helps my day fly by like getting out of my house with a four-year-old and two-year-old in tow. Sometimes the best thing to beat the blues is a break in your routine.
When in doubt, talk to your doctor.
There is definitely a difference in some seasonal blues and clinical depression that makes it difficult to function everyday. If you start to feel hopeless or the dreary feeling persists beyond a season, it’s time to seek some help–and that is OKAY! As mothers, we are quick to dismiss our feelings, or just let our needs fall to the wayside. But part of being a mom is taking care of YOU, so that you are up to taking care of your littles!
Now, how many more sleeps until spring? I’m asking for a friend . . .