I don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I do sometimes struggle to keep motivated and stay happy during the winter. I think the first couple of months of the year can be really miserable! Christmas is done, the weather is often wet, cold and dark, and Spring seems so long off.
As a family of five, there is often one of us with a cold at this time of year. At the moment there are 3 of us at different stages of colds. My 7 year old started it (she hates that I’m blaming her). She started sniffling last Friday and is pretty much over it now. Then came my turn, mine started yesterday and is in full throttle at the moment. My nose is streaming, chest feels heavy and I just generally feel cr*p! Youngest little man started yesterday. He’s not acting poorly so far but sounds very croaky, has a chesty cough and keeps rattling. I’m really hoping his doesn’t develop into croup again.
So, with all of this going on and money possibly tight after Christmas, nothing to look forward to for a few months, it’s no wonder lots of us get grumpy!
So how am I keeping our spirits up?
I’m trying to get out with my youngest as much as I can during the week. I work four mornings out of seven so I’ve been taking him out to toddler groups in the afternoons after work and meeting up with friends. It’s good for both of us. He’s really enjoying playing with different toys and I think he desperately needed to mix with other children his own age. It’s good for me to get out and meet new people to, especially as we’re still fairly new to the area. I don’t think it does anyone any good to sit in the house all day every day. Get out, get some fresh air and experience new things.
I’m also trying to stop stressing myself silly about the arguments between our oldest two little darlings. They seem to want to take it in turns to cause trouble! At the moment it’s my 10 year old who’s determined to upset his 7 year old sister at every possible opportunity. It drives me absolutely bonkers! I admit to getting pretty upset a few times at how horrible they can be to each other, I’ve been reassured by friends and family that it’s completely normal and their kids are the same. So, I’ve decided not to let it get to me. I’ll step in when I need to but I’m not getting myself worked up about it any more. Pick your battles is my new motto!
I’ve also upped my online activities since Christmas. I really enjoy all of the things I do online to make money. Getting my head stuck in the laptop and making extra cash for the family gives me a focus and makes me feel as though I’ve achieved something.
I’m watching what I eat. I really want to lose weight this year. In the past, I’ve succeeded in losing a little and then I always fall spectacularly off the wagon. I comfort eat and this time of year is when I do it most often. So, I’ve decided to eat healthily and give myself smaller targets. I’d like to lose 3 stone altogether, but for now I’d like to lose one. One stone by spring should be achievable. I’m eating lots of fruit and vegetables, cutting out the junk and drinking lots and lots of water. This should make me feel better (once this lurgy shifts) as well as helping to shift the weight. I’m also getting out for walks regularly too, sticking little man in his pushchair and walking. It’s amazing what a little fresh air can do for you.