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The colder months are officially upon us and after surviving the unique twists and turns of 2020, many moms are not looking forward to what this winter may entail.
Instead of looking at the upcoming months through a negative lens, try getting ahead of the game by creating a positive plan.
The Countdown Method
This method can be useful for both children and adults. Stopping your body and mind and taking a few seconds to breathe and countdown can make all the difference when tough emotions are at an all-time high.
“I use the count to five [method],” Carly Koehler, mother of two, says. “Whenever I don’t want to do something, and I know I should, I stop my negative thought, count to five, and do it.”
Motivational Podcasts or Classes
“I took ‘The Science of Well-Being’ this summer on Coursera from the professor I like,” says Erin Paris, mother of two. “[It was] online, free, self-paced, and very good info on things that keep motivation going for weeks/months.”
Whether you listen to motivational or comical content, finding podcasts, or YouTube channels, that fit your interest can be a great way to relieve stress.
Between finding small ways to reward yourself and staying in touch with important friends, you could be well on your way to a less gloomy winter – especially in the current state of things. Checking in with yourself over the course of the day and doing something for a few minutes that genuinely brings you joy can be the critical change you need.
“Sometimes rewarding myself for getting through the day with something I like gives me something to look forward to and motivates me to get that ‘me’ time. I try to give myself credit for the small things,” mother of one, Kim Powell, explains. “I also talk to friends. I'm not the best at reaching out but talking does help.”
Meditation and Yoga
Whether you try out a safe, in-person class, or a virtual one, meditation and yoga has been known to clear the mind and support positive thoughts.
“Doing this meditation helped before bed (https://youtu.be/spFSFvdvSZU). In-person, relaxing yoga helped (virtual was nice, but didn't help as much). I also did therapy and Zoloft,” Jennie Alessi, mother of two, says. “It might have been hormonal for me. Plus, I'm seeing the pandemic impact a lot of people.”
The pandemic has impacted a lot of people, bringing the main point of these suggestions to the forefront again. Whatever method you decide, remember that you are not alone in how you are feeling and that it is okay to feel these emotions. Find some ideas, stick with them, and do the very best you can to fight through any winter blues that come your way.
Doing your best is truly what counts.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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