It’s the end of January and if your anything like me then you are in the midst of the winter blues. I long for the sun to come out. Snow would even be better than the daily gloom and slushy rain. It is tough to get through this time of year, but maybe some of these ideas will help.
Change the Winter Blues:
Turn On Lights or Music. Music helps the spirit and lights will trick your mind into thinking it is lighter out than it is.
Go For A Drive. Take the kids for some fast food. They will enjoy it and you can be mobile and happy. Getting out of the house will lift spirits of everyone.
Read To The Kids. Reading a good chapter book is enjoyable for anyone and helps the time pass. Maybe add in a game or two. Do do the same routine. Change the routine up for while until spring comes and the weather changes.
Light A Candle. I dearly love my fragrant candles. They can make a bad mood for me change so quick. My favorite smell is vanilla or sugar cookie.
Make Some Cookies. Speaking of cookies…..grab a good recipe and enlist the help of the kids. The smells and stories will help time pass quick.
Things To Not Do:
Sit in the house and do nothing. This is just asking for the blues to get worse.
Stay in bed longer. The house still needs to be cleaned, people need to be fed and laundry will pile up. Try to stay on top of chores.
Not have a plan for the day. Having a daily plan gives a daily goal. We all like goals, but without them we have nothing to work towards. Having a goal will keep things moving in a positive direction.
Winter is a hard time for everyone, and staying busy will help cure the winter blues. Moms can be part of a women’s bible study to help encourage and strengthen them in this tough season. For many years I have suffered from seasonal depression and it is not fun. Sometimes I am in the middle of a ton of people, but still depressed. It is hard to overcome, but now that I am older and notice my symptoms then I start to fight it. Depression is debilitating and no fun. Trying to notice the onset of symptoms is half the battle. When my days get too hard that is when I refer to the list above. Sitting and doing nothing ONLY makes this time of year move more slowly. Even though I could care less if the laundry gets done, or the bed is made because I want to crawl right back into, I don’t. I make the bed. I do the laundry. Daily I pray that God helps me to get through each day. Then when spring hits, my mood changes and goes away. Homeschooling keeps us very busy, and busy is good.
Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive ~ Matt Cameron