Now I know there are people out there who love winter. Unfortunately I am not one of those people. I prefer the sun shining on my face and swimming in a refreshing pool.
On the way to preschool yesterday my daughter said “Mom I want winter to be over.” In my head, “I thought it’s only January! But me too sweetie, me too!.” It could be a LONG winter.
So what about you? Do you battle the winter blues? Start to lose your mind and sanity when stuck inside all winter long with young kids? You aren’t alone! I’ve found a few things over the years to winter more bearable. Especially as a stay at home mom, I’ve learned to deal with my own feelings on winter and beat the winter blues. I’m trading it for joy this winter.
7 Helpful Ways to Beat the Winter Blues as a SAHM
Have a PLAN: The first step to dealing with any problem is admitting you have one. It’s okay if you don’t LOVE winter, but be aware of your feelings and come up with a plan. What brings you joy? For me, it’s adult interaction. So during the winter I try to be proactive about making play dates. It’s wonderful to have adult interaction and as stay at home moms we need it. At least once a week we try to have a playdate. Though I understand sickness can quickly cancel these dates so keep reading….
Get Creative: Pinterest can sometimes overwhelm me. How do people have time to do all these wonderful crafts? It really doesn’t have to be that complicated! Sure there are wonderful printables and easy projects online. A quick search will give you many ideas. But don’t feel pressure to create the best craft ever. My kids love to build forts with our couch cushions. Sometimes the most simple things bring the greatest joy. Mix up your routine, think outside the box. (Coloring and playing in Amazon boxes are always another winter hit in our house).
Get Yourself to Exercise: When it’s cold it’s always a struggle for me to exercise. I’d rather cozy up with a warm blanket and watch Netflix during naps time. BUT the days when I exercise I feel so much better. We all know exercise releases endorphins. It can also help you battle depression or stress as well as improve your sleep. Make time for it, even if it’s only 10 minutes here and there, it adds up.
Get out of the house: I know this isn’t easy especially when you have multiple kids, it’s freezing outside and you are afraid of germs. I definitely worry about sickness. Be careful and make smart decisions (wash hands, limit exposure to a few times a week, eat a healthy balanced diet, etc.) and then get out of the house. I always forget how much my kids enjoy going to the store or library until we stay in for a few days. Both of our moods are boosted when we get out of the house for a little bit, even if it’s just to go to the Chik-fil-a drive thru!
Go outside: Some people say enjoying winter is all about having the appropriate snow gear. Fresh air does wonders for your mood and soul. If it’s above 36 degrees try to get outside even if it’s only for 10 minutes. It’s good to get some fresh air and it’s worth the time it takes to get your kids dressed. Our daughter and son thrive on these short breaks where they can run freely.
Play in a different room: This sounds so silly and simple, but seriously it works. When we switch it up and play in our master bedroom or basement, the room changes the mood. It’s a different place to explore and all kinds of new things for the kids to explore. Even if it only lasts for 15-20 minutes it can provide a nice break for both of you.
Pray and spend time in God’s word: Last, but certainly not least we need to have a Heavenly focus. Reading God’s word refreshes my soul and gives me a different outlook on the day. I am reminded of His love and mercy whenever I read His word. We also try to have family worship time once a week. Our kids love to dance, clap and sing. Don’t discount praise and worship time. It’s amazing how much it will change the atmosphere of your home.
How about you? Do you love winter? Do you dislike it? What do you do to keep your spirits lifted when stuck inside? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Also be sure to follow Heart of Deborah’s community on Instagram and Facebook.