Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy invited people to share what’s helping them get through the winter. Today marks the halfway point until spring!
I’ll admit, this winter has been easier than those past. The biggest reason is probably because we’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures with beautiful, sunny skies here. Winter in Georgia is typically rainy and grey for days on end. Not so this year.
Breaking up the dreary with pockets of spring-like temps has done wonders. We get outside more, move around more, and enjoy the bright sunshine streaming in through our windows. That’s probably the main reason I’ve sailed through this winter without any SAD symptoms, unlike years past.
Other things that are saving me this season:
Weird healthy drinks
When I signed up for Crystal Paine’s 15 Days to a Healthier You, I made a goal to drink one healthy drink each day. These are recipes from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook. (I do this eating plan but don’t really talk about it here. I do have a TrimHealthyMama blog focused on that topic though.)
These are delicious, but I often forget to make them. I’ve been enjoying them so much, however, especially recently because I cut my caffeine consumption considerably. They give me energy and something to taste without snacking and hydrate me nicely.
This one is called Earth Milk Sip. It looks disgusting but it’s delicious and has a whole cup of greens.
This one, called Apple Pie Sip, contains chamomile tea, apple pie spice, collagen and other goodies.
My Bullet Journal is my brain on paper. Without it, I forget stuff. It’s where I keep track of my goals and my progress on them, keep to-do lists, ideas, thoughts, inspiration, etc.
Without it, I wouldn’t be half as productive.
My early morning time
The best thing I did last year was begin an early morning routine outside my home. I get up at 4:30 and head to a coffee shop to write and plan. Not only has this kept me busily working on personal goals (which is very important for a mom’s happiness!), but rising early in winter means I’m getting more daylight time in my eyeballs.
Because my youngest isn’t sleeping through the night, and because I rarely get to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep, naps are vital. I snuggle in with my youngest, the only baby who is still napping.
Although clearly, the 4 year old still needs a nap occasionally!
What’s helping you get through the long winter right now?