It's no secret that when cooped up in a house one can be a little stir crazy. But add the chaos of your children, holiday travel, expenses, and mouth-watering food to that and you've officially developed the winter blues, but wait... and an extra 10 lbs from the food you ate over the holidays, and you have disaster written all over your face.
At least that's what it can feel like. As if it weren't difficult enough to try to find the time to work out, you've just added more time to it. But hey, it was worth it right? Who doesn't love comfort food and being so full you just want to fall asleep? 'Tis the season!
There are, however, some easy ways to rid yourself of the guilt of the winter months. First, get some sunlight; just 10 minutes a day, you NEED it! You can even sit by a window on those really cold, yet sunny days. Sunlight helps your body get the right amount of Vitamin D (ever had the feeling of euphoria after tanning?) Your body releases endorphins (things that make you feel good when exposed to the UV rays) so, no sunlight = sad/depressed/glum/down feelings and sunlight= happy/euphoric/cheerful feelings. Catch my drift?
Second, make time for yourself, this may mean a little less sleep by staying up later or by getting up earlier, it's all about finding that balance and making time for the little things. Other stay-at-home moms may be willing to trade their time away for your babysitting services and vice versa, all you have to do is ask.
Lastly, tackle the extra poundage. Losing 2-3 will automatically give you a boost in your mood. While the kids are napping, when they're awake, before the wake up in the morning, while they watch cartoons. It can be done at anytime throughout the day. Dance when Sesame Street is on, turn on the radio while cleaning or cooking and move to the music, or if you are lucky enough to own a treadmill, dust it off and take a stroll while the kids are asleep. Those happy holiday pounds will be gone before you know it! Here's a link to help you understand the science behind winter months vs. the human body http://http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/3180
The main idea is to not get down on yourself for choosing the path to be a stay-at-home mom. No one ever said it was an easy job right? It has its perks and its lows, but winter and the holidays don't have to spell disaster for you every year. So get up and beat it this year, don't let it beat you.