3 Ways for Mums to Beat The Winter Blues

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By Renee Barton

Staying active and motivated is challenging enough for mums with little ones and when winter sets in it is even harder.

But keeping up those great habits you worked so hard to create is key to keeping the winter blues at bay. Yes, it’s a real thing! Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a seasonal depression and most commonly occurs in winter.

So, whether you are at risk of SAD or just need a little extra help to get moving in the cold, here are some simple tips specially for mums to beat the winter blues.

So, whether you are at risk of SAD or just need a little extra help to get moving in the cold, here are some simple tips specially for mums to beat the winter blues.

1. Before you go to bed write down one thing you want to accomplish the next day

As a new mum, some days just having a shower and practising some basic hygiene feels like an accomplishment! But the simple act of writing down a goal for the next day and then achieving it will help to make you feel productive and good about yourself.

If you are like most mums and have about a dozen things swirling in your head at night, write them all down so that you can stop worrying about them. But don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get them all done. Just move them to the next day’s list.

2. Get dressed and ready for the day by 9am

There will absolutely be times where you find yourself still in your pjs at 4pm and that’s okay. But as a general rule, try to get dressed (yes, yoga pants and a sloppy joe count!), do your hair (yes, messy mum-bun counts!) and whatever else makes you feel ready for action by 9am. It’s amazing what a difference this makes to your energy levels and general wellbeing.

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