Mid-Winter Blues

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I've been in a bit of a funk lately. Not quite as bad as I've been in other winters, but bad enough that I realized I'm definitely not feeling quite myself. January is always a little tough for me, I have a touch of SAD, plus I have to get through my dad's birthday without him, and we always get really poor in January. We tried our best to prepare and save, but life happens and we just were not able to.

I've also been feeling like I'm on the edge of getting a cold, but it hasn't happened yet (yay!). I have been trying to stay ahead of it, keep myself hydrated, eat healthier meals, and wash my hands, but I still just feel run down and little yucky. I haven't felt like doing much lately, and when I do get out of the house and do things, I'm constantly looking at the clock counting down to when I can go home again.

On the depression scale, I'm definitely not overly concerned about my well-being, I know I'm going to be ok. I had a bit of a wake up call yesterday when I stood on the scale and what I saw was not good. So I'm going to get up and do more things, but I'm starting with babysteps so as not to overwhelm myself.

My goals for the next few weeks are simple:

1. Stay ahead of housework. At the very least, do a load of laundry and the dishes every day.

2. Make my bed in the morning so I'm not tempted to climb back in.

3. Turn off the TV during mid-day hours. No more sitting on the couch watching marathons on Netflix of shows I really don't even like.

4. Get up and move around at least 30 min. a day. If it's too cold out, do a yoga dvd, or walk up and down our stairs a few times.

5. Stay hydrated. Limit myself to a maximum of 2 cups of coffee per day.

As with many other winters, I have a bunch of projects planned for "when I have the time" and that time is now! I'm hoping by turning off the tv, I'll get more of those things done, and little by little it will start to look like grown ups live in our house.
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    I concur on the D! I take a calcium with D (they help each other absorb or something?) when I remember-- d'oh-- which we probably all should as women prone to osteoporosis. Up here in the Northeast US, supposedly we can't really manufacture enough D from the weak winter sun (never mind that we're bundled head to toe).
    2702 days ago
    Sorry to hear you're kinda bummin' but I like your goals.
    Making the bed is honestly a really good habit because it encourages you to be neater through the rest of your day, sweartogod.
    I try to not turn on the TV before evening so I don't waste the day. Dexter at Chris's has been an exception!
    Hope things look up for you guys and this brutal winter is over soon.
    2702 days ago
    lol I walked outside at lunch time yesterday and it was 11 degrees, felt like a heat wave! ha
    2703 days ago
    Thanks Sarah! I had forgotten that last year I was told to take Vitamin D during the winter, good call.

    We haven't had cable for more than a year now, but I still get sucked into Netflix and Hulu some days ;)

    Thanks Tina! It's definitely super cold here, and shocking to me when 19 feels "warmer".
    2703 days ago
    OH, and my Dr told me to start taking Vitamin D this winter for SAD and lack of sunlight. It may be just me, but I find that I'm not having such a hard time this winter as in the past.
    2703 days ago
    I got rid of cable a few weeks ago and got a Roku box. That one step actually means that I rarely watch any tv anymore, and BONUS saved $100/month.
    2703 days ago
    oops - double post!
    2703 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2014 1:36:30 PM
    I know how hard these winter months can be, but it looks like you have a good plan for keeping active and not letting it get the best of you. I'm hoping the cold doesn't hit you too hard and that you are well on your way to being back to normal.

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    2703 days ago
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