Looking at photos of family, friends and celebrities in the Northern Hemisphere is not helpful when we are heading into winter – especially if you are feeling a bit down about it. I am an unapologetic sun-seeker, and when everyone else starts looking for the shade I am still enjoying the warmth, and heat.
Of course, that does mean that as I head into the winter months I start feeling a bit down, and a bit grumpy and get that “oft talked about but I don’t really understand it” syndrome – S.A.D.D – which is basically getting a bit down and not getting enough sun. (You can look up the technical term yourself …if you need to).
It can mean that all your parenting goals, your big inroads into being the mum that you want to be, can all be crushed under this wintery gloom and coldness, but I’ve got some tips to keep you on track!
- Get out in it anyway – I’m calling this my #mmhlwintertraining – but really it’s just a reason to get outside and get my equilibrium back on track, find some Mum Glow, fill up my lungs and feel good – we had our first snow-fall last night and this is me heading out for a run anyway – now that I’m back in the warm house I”m super-pleased that I went out in the cold.
- Hot drink in front of the blazing fire – there is something beautiful about cuddling down on the couch with a hot toddy, a coffee, a herbal tea, a mulled wine …. with the fire blazing and the winter kept at bay. Take the time to just LOVE that opportunity when it comes up – relish it, sink into it, there is happiness and joy in these little moments.
- Get into reading – I always take an hiatus from reading over the summer – I feel I have to be doing stuff rather than just sitting around – but picking up that book that you got for Christmas and haven’t read yet – or downloading a new one on your kindle … there is something so wonderful about the winter opportunities for reading, following blogs, listening to podcasts. We have so many opportunities to tune into the world now, and winter is the time to do it!
Rugging the kids up and getting outside in the rain, or the cold, can also be an adventure …. and has the added bonus of making the kids feel happy about being home again too. Definitely a way to keep the in-house arguments at bay – Happy kids = Happy Mum = Happy life.