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{Simple} Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Whether you are a homeschooling mommy or not, everyone is susceptible to the winter blues.  Sometimes us homeschooling mommies are more prone since we are feeling isolated at this time, but truly no one is immune.

Even those normally “happy-go-lucky” gals can get hit hard in the winter. Lack of sun is definitely a factor, as well as those cold days keeping us inside feeling cooped up.

Here are my favorites:

If you are a homeschooling mommy, make sure you connect with others. I can’t imagine not having my girlfriends to connect with during the day for a quick encouragement.

Enlist a friend to pray with at a certain time each day. My girlfriend and I did this for awhile last year. While our kids ate lunch or napped, we would get on the phone and pray together.  The rejuvenation was priceless, not to mention the fellowship.

Take a winter nature walk.  Get the kids bundled up and get out there.  The winter is a beautiful time of year to enjoy nature.

Have a winter scavenger hunt. Look for animal prints in the snow, identify winter birds, notice the bare trees…observe the animals behavior in this season.  Notice icicles glistening in the sun.  Just get out there, you’ll also be getting a dose of Vitamin D. A win-win!

Schedule a night out for coffee with a friend. I do this with a fellow homeschooling friend of mine, and I cherish it.  We try to get together regularly to discuss what’s going on in our lives, and in our homeschoools. We bounce ideas off of each other and exchange tips.  It is a much needed time of fellowship, and in these winter months, a real boost in my week.

Take field trips.  Use this time to visit indoor museums; places you won’t want to go when the weather warms up. Better yet ask for a tour of the local grocery store, post office, or fire department.

Practice random acts of kindness. These will surely boost your mood.

Keep a gratitude journal.  Nothing brings more joy than turning back praises to our God.  Delight in the small things. Take notice of the blessings. Don’t wallow.  This season will be over soon enough…

Know that you’re not alone.  Many of us feel the exact same way at this time of year.  There is nothing wrong with you…hang tighter to our Savior more than ever.

It won’t be long until spring…there is hope…always hope…

I’d live a thousand winters long, just to spend a moment in Christ’s presence…that is where our true hope lies.

“For the winter is passed. The rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up. And the time of the singing of the birds has come.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12

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