I decided to do a little bit of research into why I am feeling the way I am. Why am I tired and wanting to go to bed at 7pm? Why is all I want to do it cuddle up on the couch with a warm blanket and a cup of coffee? Why do I not even want to leave my house. . like. . ever? Am I depressed? No. . here is what I found.
During the winter months the days are shorter which ties into our brains chemical reactions. When the sun sets (like it does at oh. . 5pm) our brain releases melatonin. Melatonin is what tells our body it is time to sleep. So when the sun sets earlier our bodies feel it is ready to go to bed earlier. I am not quite sure why this doesn’t work for my kids too, but that’s what research says. (psycologytoday.com) The winter, along with shorter days and less fresh foods can also leave us feeling more anxious or depressed. Like I need another reason to feel anxious, right? I think having two young kids is reason enough!
So what can we do to fight back the winter blues?
– The best thing to do is to keep moving. Find things to do that interest you and your kids.
– Trick your body into thinking the sun is out. Turn some lights on.
– Eat like you did in the summer, you know. . like fresh fruits and veggies. I know that during the winter my diet changes too. I start to eat things that are easy and accessible. Plus, my local grocery’s produce starts looking “not so delectable”. If you are finding yourself in the same position, try signing up for an organic food co-op or delivery service (like Door to Door Organics).
– Exercise. Yeah, I don’t feel like doing it either. . but again. . force yourself.
– Try some of the fun crafts or recipes listed on this blog. (use the tabs at the top to find something that interests you)
– Wake up, get dressed and put on make-up (if you wear it). Being physically ready for the day usually helps me feel more mentally ready for the day as well.
– Finally. . get some Vitamin D. I’m thinking a trip to Florida may help. “Hey hunny! I need to. . for medical reasons. . ” Think it will work? Nah, me neither.. but it’s worth a try. 🙂
As you know, I am not a doctor. So if you are feeling severe feelings, please seek the help of a professional.