It’s 2019 (holy moly it’s 2019!)
The holidays are over. The New Year celebrations have come to and end. We can no longer use Santa/Elves/whatever to keep our kids from acting like total crazies. This is usually the time of year that takes more effort to keep spirits up, at least for me. I was driving the kids to school this morning trying to remember the last time I saw the sun. I think it was just a day or two ago but what I have learned about myself (and unfortunately so has my skin, whoops) is that I love the sun. I am just a happier person when it’s out. I know I am not alone in this. I find myself being snappy with the kids, with my husband and actually getting down on myself more than usual.
I’m trying to make a conscious effort to do things that I know will help me get through these gray days. I thought I would share some ideas in case anyone else needs the push to create their own sunshine.
Get Outside – I know it seems obvious but this can mean so many things. While I do love hiking and being outside for long periods of time, sometimes that’s just not possible (if you have young babies this is extra tough.) But, you can bundle up and take a short walk. Or, just get outside your house. If you are able to be on your own…get in your car and go take a group workout class. Move your body in some capacity outside your home. While an at home workout WILL make you feel good, sometimes it’s really key to get outside the four walls and even breathing in the fresh air on the walk to your car or however you get around will make you feel refreshed.
Plan Ahead – There is nothing more wonderful than having something fun to look forward to-even just a night away somewhere close. We recently did a couple nights away at the most lovely farm which was a mere 50 minutes from our house. The kids and husband were getting over sicknesses, the Christmas presents were still under the tree but we packed our bags and created a mini vacation and it was just what we needed.
Socialize – It can feel like you’re totally alone when the days are long and the kids are making you slightly claustrophobic. Throw all rules out the door. Call your friends-plan a pizza picnic in front of a movie and just spend some quality time with friends. We all need each other during these darker months, why not survive together (even if it is chaotic!)
Treat Yourself – This is the perfect time to get yourself pampered and cleaned up. I love thinking of these Winter months as a time to prepare for the Spring. Do the dirty work now and then when the sun decides to appear again ;) we will all be ready. I’ve gotten into the habit of treating my skin to a charcoal mask several nights a week (the kids even get in on it) and even though my toes don’t see the light of day, a pedicure can feel luxurious during the winter months when our hands and feet are feeling dry. I’m stocked up on all my extra moisturizing products to offset my long, hot showers!
Vitamins, Vitamins, Vitamins! – Remember when you’re Mom used to say, “take your vitamins!” Well, now more than ever we need to be doing that. We aren’t getting enough sun here in New England so Vitamin D is extremely important for most people. Obviously check with your doctor but a good Naturopath will do a full blood workup to determine what nutrients your body might be lacking. The first step to keeping our energy and spirits lifted is making sure our bodies are getting all the nutrients and that might mean needing to take some supplements. This goes for our kiddos too!
I’d love to know things people are doing to get through the Winter doldrum! Let’s stay sane together :)