Hello my Gals!
I have some pretty meaningful content coming up. At least, it’s meaningful to me, but I like to think it will have something to offer you guys one way or another.
I’m going to be talking about body issues again, and about how although Mom’s groups are super helpful, they could also be making you depressed.
Those posts are currently in the works. I just want to make sure I have time to work on them. And that’s been harder to do lately.
In the meantime, I wanted to whip up a quick post from my phone so I don’t lose momentum.
Forgive me if this isn’t my best, I still have a DST hangover and the boys have not been sleeping that great 😑
So we just turned the clocks back an hour recently, which means it’s been getting darker much earlier. I always have a hard time this time of year.
My motivation plummets, I get more tired, and my anxiety and irritability increase.
A lot of people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when winter comes around. And it makes sense. Less daylight and more time confined indoors can take a toll on anyone’s happiness.
Strangely I love cloudy weather. I would be super happy if it was cloudy all of the time. Like if I could move to Seattle or London where it rains or mists all the time, I’d be elated! So it’s not so much the overcast and chill that bothers me, it’s the balding trees and darkness that does it for me, personally.
Anyway, I have noticed this seasonal shift starting to affect my parenting, which isn’t good. So I need to come up with a plan on how to stop it in its tracks.
Here’s what I plan to do, if you’re interested 😙
Take More Vitamins
A big contributor to seasonal depression is a decrease in vitamin D. According to this article, most people seem to be suffering from a lack of vitamin D, and a lot of those people are also suffering from Anxiety and Depression.
Coincidence? The science doesn’t seem to think so.
I used to be so much better about taking my vitamins. And not just D, but a multi vitamin and a mood balancer. And wouldn’t you know it, I felt better then. Not as great as I could, honestly, but a heck of a lot better! So I need to recapture that.
I plan on taking a vitamin D, multi vitamin, mood balancer, and magnesium supplement each morning.
Do More Crafts
I’ve really come to enjoy doing seasonal crafts with the boys as a way of decorating the house. I’ve also gotten more interested in making the home over with decor to match the upcoming holiday.
It makes it feel less suffocating to be home looking at blank walls all the time, and the boys get so much out of doing crafts together. It also helps take us away from too much screentime, which can contribute to mood and behavior problems in toddlers and children.
So at least a couple of times a week, I plan to take to Pinterest and do a few crafts with the boys.
Wake and Bake
I’ve been doing the Keto diet for a while now, so I’ve been missing out on a lot of my old favorite seasonal confections 😭
But I’ve noticed that when I do bake something, I feel accomplished. It’s so satisfying seeing something go from a recipe and separate ingredients to this whole sheet of cookies or a whole quiche.
Vinny also loves watching me and “helping,” so it’s a great way to spend time together and help him learn.
And I have since found so many delicious Keto friendly alternatives to thinks I love 😋
I plan on baking a few times a week to fill the house with the warmth and scents of festive confections to get us through cold days. 🥧
And one of these days I will get the measurements to all of the ingredients right 😂
Living toward the tippy tip of the northeast United States, it gets pretty cold for a pretty long time out of the year, which can make trips to the park sometimes impossible, or at least unpleasant.
But, we have no shortage of Malls in the area where I live, so if the boys (or myself) get cabin fever (which happens A LOT), we can get in the car and go to an indoor play area or take a lap or two around the galleria.
This way the boys get their ya-yas out, and I get some extra steps and exercise 🙌🏻
At least once a week, weather permitting, I plan to take the boys out to a different Mall, or local library event, etc in our area.
Work It Out
Chasing around two boys 2 and under counts a exercise, right?
But in all seriousness, getting a good and proper workout in is easier said than done with kids. But it’s so important for mental health.
What has been working out (pun intended lol sorry) for me is during nap times or meal times, I put on a HIIT workout video and follow it the best I can. I’ll do this a couple of times a day when I know I have at most 10 minutes before the boys need my attention, and on days where I don’t take them out on a walk.
I recommend Lucy Wyndham-Read or Blogilates on YouTube for some quick, fun, and dare I say effective workouts. I also really like the women behind the workouts, as they’re not snooty or pushy and actually fun to work out with. Though their bodies intimidate me, their virtual presence is actually nice.
I plan to do these workouts at least 3 times a week, and at least two videos a day.
These are just a few things I plan on doing to curb the SAD, as well as going to see my new counselor bi-weekly, trying to do more bible study, being mindful of what I eat, and making myself write more!
I think I may be starting to look forward to winter…maybe 😅
What sorts of things do you Mamas do to keep SAD at bay? Let us know in the comments! 💬
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