Feeling The SAD: How To I Plan To Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

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 πŸ˜‘

I love classic meme formats πŸ’•

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.

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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 πŸ˜™

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.

#notsponsored, I was just looking for an image. But food-based is better! πŸ’―

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.

A Halloweeny garland I made with the boys’ foot and hand prints and some fake foliage from my wedding πŸŽƒπŸ•·πŸ‚

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.

Me looking a hot mess in my favorite apron ❀️ I was legitimately having a great time, though

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 πŸ˜‹

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. πŸ₯§

And one of these days I will get the measurements to all of the ingredients right πŸ˜‚

Field Trips

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.

Paul Blart Mall Cop memes are hilarious to me, and the more absurd, the better honestly

This way the boys get their ya-yas out, and I get some extra steps and exercise πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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.

*Me at 29 after getting my kids into the car πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ͺ

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 πŸ˜…

What sorts of things do you Mamas do to keep SAD at bay? Let us know in the comments! πŸ’¬

Thanks for reading!! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜πŸ˜˜

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πŸ“ Upcoming Content: Battling Body Dysmorphia As A Mom, Why Your Mom’s Group Might Be Making You Depressed, and My Journey To Being More Domestic

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Trying to Avada Kadabra Self Doubt as a Mom and a Writer

Henlo, to all of my dedicated follower!

I’ve been putting this off for a long time now. It’s like I’ve been afraid of it, for some reason. And the longer I went without updating, the more afraid to post I’ve been. It’s become more than my signature procrastination at this point–I’ve been Stupefy’d with fear of failure/not being good enough.

I’ve almost been feeling like I’m losing my ability to write these days. Which is devastating, as writing has always been my primary source of expression. This is how I communicate. You would never guess if you actually had a face-to-face conversation with me that I am actually able to string words into sentences in any way.

These past few months I’ve felt like I’m no good at writing anymore. I’ve hated every single thing I’ve worked on, including this. I have a few drafts I haven’t posted for fear of whatever it is being the actual worst thing to ever be posted. I’ve been looking back on my old posts and have been cringing at the way they came out–way too long, the formatting is hard to look at, etc, so I’ve been afraid to keep going.

Basically I’ve been back on my bullshizz and I’m trying to come back.

I have Mom brain. Really bad. I can barely speak or understand my native language anymore, it seems, and I can’t look away from a task for more than two seconds before forgetting what it was that I had been doing. I leave lights on when I leave, drinks on top of cars–you name it, I’ve done it. Dory would be concerned for me.

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Grrl, same!

I’m sure this goes without saying, but once you have a child, the part of your brain reserved for memory, focus, and basic motor function is replaced with deciphering different cries, coming up with baby food recipes, and Raffi song lyrics.

Add Mom Brain to selling an apartment, buying a house, moving, and the pressure of freelancing, ghostwriting, and the subconscious desire to pursue ever-expanding personal projects with super-writer’s block/mental constipation, and that’s the equation for my semester-long silence on this blog.

I’d like for this to go somewhere. I want to believe that I have something to offer other Moms. But I know we all have to start somewhere, and we can’t improve what we give up on.

That’s why I can’t give up on this blog. Even if it’s a little incoherent now, I know it can’t get better unless I work on it. That’s why every week/bi-weekly I have to have some kind of post on here. Even if it doesn’t make sense or it, “isn’t that great.”

I’ve been so afraid and unsure of myself, comparing myself to other mom bloggers with bigger (actual) followings that I’ve allowed myself to be self-deprecating and self-sabatoging. It’s so easy to do as a Mom to compare yourself to others, and as a result feel completely incompetent and like every single thing you’re doing is wrong.

I’ve come to realize that if I give up on this, I’m partially giving up on myself, and I can’t allow that for a second. I have to set an example for my son. Of course it’s only natural and human to have doubts in everything, including ourselves, but we have to overcome them. I want my son to believe in himself, and in order for him to understand how, I have to model that for him.

I’m going to be working on updating the aesthetic of this blog and possibly getting my own domain name so maybe that will help with the performance anxiety a bit. So stay tuned on that!

Thank you for bearing with me. I know I keep promising that repurposing formula scoops/tins post. It’s coming, I swear!

Some updates for you:

We moved!

Recently we said goodbye to our old two bedroom, 650 sq ft apartment in favor of a townhouse twice the size and there’s so much more room for activities now! We are also right next to my SIL at Becoming Rivera! Vinny will be right next door to his baby cousin! ❀ ❀ ❀

We anticipate doing several renovations to the house, but all aesthetic! I’ve never lived in a space this large, so it’s a little overwhelming. But we’re going to make it our own, even if we end up making it #nailedit experience.

Vinny

Vinny is ten months old as of June 12th! He’s already somewhat walking, and as always is completely ravenous all the time! He continues to grow like a weed! He’s been going through growth spurts, teething, and developmental leaps so he’s been having good days and really not so good days. Overall, he’s an amazing baby, and I look forward to seeing what comes next!

Here’s some pictures to bring you up to speed!

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No smiles on his 10 month bday…that was a rough day. ):

Thanks for hanging in there with me! This really is the toughest job there is, but we got this! Thanks for reading, my gals (and d00ds). Till next time!