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Alright my friends welcome to today’s episode time to dive in to 10 tips to getting out of a winter funk people that you don’t feel like you’re in a winter funk, that would be my hope for you. But in case you’re you do or maybe that kind of ward off. I know we are all from all over the place different areas and your winters might not be that long, they might not be that harsh. So maybe some of the supplies you have maybe it doesn’t. But just even I feel like the the time of year can be a little bit of a lull now we’re coming down from the holiday hype and excitement and then the Fresh Start of New Year. And even if your weather isn’t terrible, it’s still new, you might still feel a little bit like alright, what is coming now before it’s spring in a new season. Especially I always feel this I mean, heading into Lent, because then we’re in this time of a penitential season. And you know, we’re trying to strip down to bare bones like taking away some of life’s pleasures that might be on this list. I don’t have anything like food related. So if usually, you know beard, pare down food wise, you’re still good to do that. But I just thought it was an apropos time. For this, I always joke with friends that this is the time of year I’m always wanting to just like burn everything in my house down. I don’t know where I’m at yet, this year, hopefully not there. Because I am pre recording this a little bit. Probably my last episode, I’ll pre record before the baby comes my goal was to be pre recorded through January. So after this, I’ve made it and I’m hopefully just snuggling the baby right now as you listen to this. But
you know, that is a hard season to have your home with a newborn, because you’re just home a lot more in winter. So as always take what you want from this leave the rest, I did just come up with these out of my own brain, I did not use a list from anywhere. So just things that have been helpful to me and just helped me in general if I’m in a little bit of an at home funk.

So number one. Now here’s my caveat. I am not a doctor, I’m not giving medical advice. But my first tip is to take vitamin D. So that is a tip that you can consider and just apply to you if you would like to I am not giving you medical advice. I’ll say it again. But this is a huge game changer for myself or my husband. We talked about two I haven’t done it yet. This is November recording this, that I want to get vitamin D drops for our kids this year. But my husband, I always take it because we just don’t get that much sunlight. And especially in the last couple of weeks here in November. It’s been super cloudy, not a lot of sun even if I tried to get outside and get sun. So Vitamin D has made a huge difference on mood. Number two is to declutter your space. This helps me so much when I get to the burned down mode, like just want to burn the house down. Because you’re tend to be inside a lot more again, I know it depends on your region. But in upstate New York, we do tend to be inside war and clutter makes it feel so unmanageable. And clutter has, you know, there’s so much research to show the negative effect that clutter has on our mental health. It’s hard to get other things done. It’s hard to focus. It’s hard for our kids to focus and to be creative and to be calm and to be joyful. So de clutter your space also, this is something I like to do an Advent we had a little declutter challenge and then right around this time too usually it is like a I know a lot of people do this in Holy Week, but I feel like I usually do it a little bit sooner because I get to the burnt down face quicker. But it’s again this time, because what was the point of that? Oh, you’re inside a lot more anyway, if this is you, regionally right. Again, I know some of you are having gorgeous weather, this does not apply. But there are times and for so for you, maybe your decluttered time then is more, the peak of summer, when it’s so hot, you can’t seem to go outside. So take that into consideration. You know, just remember that as falling into your kind of seasonal rhythms and routines, what works best for you and your seasons and your regions. Because for me, in winter, when I don’t want to go outside a lot is when I’m focusing on indoor projects I am focusing on hey, let’s paint the kids rooms, hey, let’s organize the basement because I do not want to do that stuff when it’s sunny and nice outside. So and same thing with like my hobbies in the winter, it’s more baking and sourdough and knitting and in the summer, it’s more gardening and hiking and that kind of thing. So let the seasons guide you. But decluttering your space at any time can help. And we have to it’s an ongoing process. It’s one of those things that anyone you listen to who’s a decluttering or cleaning expert tells you that like it’s something that we think should be a one and done. And it’s not because there’s always stuff coming into our homes. The biggest one for me that I’m actually looking at right now is a big ol stack of kids papers of like, you know, the random artwork, and things done in schoolwork that I’m not sure if I’m gonna keep or if I’m gonna file away for them. I do have a little file folders that I started with thinking like, okay, each kid is just gonna have one file folder, and I’ll have to pick the best of the stuff. And now that’s growing. So that pile has got to go. All right, number three is to get outside daily. So even if you don’t have sun, the fresh air is helpful. I have said that to my kids so many times the last couple weeks, like they love going outside, but I will say my oldest was like, oh, yeah, we’ll get some sun. I’m like, well look outside buddy. And like, there’s really not much time like the fresh air is still good. You know, it’s still great to be out, especially if you’re in the house so much to like, it just changes your perspective. It reminds you that life exists outside your home, even if you’re in your driveway. Even if you’re you know, just walking down the street, try to get outside daily, it does not have to be long. Do not let time be the barrier to entry. I do that sometimes they’re like, well, we don’t have time to go for a 20 minute walk or we don’t have time to do this. But do you have time to just open your doorstep outside and take like five deep breaths. Sometimes I’ll really do that. And like you know what, I have not even touched the fresh air today. I just need to take a second and go be outside for a second even feel what the temperatures like you know. So that’s number three. All right, number four is to try and outdoor sport now I’m telling you this while I laugh because this was me like maybe five years ago, I got really into that, you know, I’m gonna not hate winter, I’m just going to get really into winter sports. And nothing really took this on my list for you. But especially in this season of life, like we are not in this season of life where it would be doable for me to go skiing. I also do not like heights. So I fixed that one pretty quickly. I tried skiing snowboarding, each like once it was like yes, this is not me. But I have said in past years like I would love to snowshoe, or I would love to whatever. I think if I had something again, that was seasonal that I looked forward to that was outside. That might be great. I do have a friend who snowshoes just in her backyard. So she has three little kids and she will just when it’s nap time or quiet time or whatever. Or if they’re just playing she’ll strap on her snow shoes or when her husband gets home from work. And she’ll snowshoe around the yard. I do not have snow shoes at the time of recording this and I will have a newborn. So I don’t know if this is the year. But maybe it’s applicable to you instead of you know dreading winter getting into things that are better to do. And again, if you’re in a place where the climate is not it doesn’t get super cold. Like maybe this is just a time you can get more into hiking and things that you can’t do in the summer when it’s super hot for you. Alright, number five. Contrastingly from being outside and doing sports, focus on cozying up your indoors. This has been something I’ve really really focused on this fall heading into winter, getting out cozy blankets. Lighting was a big one for me this year of I went to the dollar store and got a bunch of LED not led, I guess they probably are LED but I don’t usually like I don’t like LED lights for like bulbs. But they’re a little like, you know, flameless candles, essentially because I love the idea of having candles everywhere. But I also love my children not setting themselves on fire or my home on fire. So I had this you know, idea I was reading I put on the Booklist if you’ve read or listened to that podcast a couple episodes ago. I’m sorry. I’m really like all over the place today, guys. I just wanted to tell you all the things, but I did put on the book list. Read that I loved the book, the life giving table from Sally Clarkson. And one of the things she talked about was having breakfast and dinner by candlelight. And I loved that and it was like how Yes, I want some big taper candles for the table like this is great. And I didn’t even at least attempt it on the table. I just was saying this to my husband, as I’m saying, I’m like, Yeah, I know Judas just gonna grab them like he’s too. So I got little, you know, flameless ones that are big, long sticks, like they, they’re great. That’s, I mean, one day, we can use real ones. But for now, that’s fine. I did put real ones other places like up on top of our piano. So we’ll light those at nighttime, during the Rosary will, I’m really on this quest to like not turn on the artificial light. So I don’t care, it gets dark at like five or six, which you might think is depressing. But this is where I’m like, Okay, we kind of cozy up, it’s been really nice, too. After dinner. I just don’t turn lights on as things go off, like I will try to turn on like small lamps, I guess is the light or the candle. So we light the big taper candles for the top of the piano. I like candles places up high, but that I will use these little flameless lights. We also put these around the wood, just a couple we have two that we put around in our living room, right when we’re going to be praying the rosary, and everybody’s so much calmer because at the beginning, they’re like, can we turn on the light, we’re like no, because they actually all like sit on the couch, pray the rosary, it’s great there is it’s calms all of us down for bed, I think my husband and I to have been sleeping way better. Like our circadian rhythms are loving this. So focus on cozy lighting was huge. But um, you know, books around the house blankets around the house, that kind of thing. Try to embrace the season where you are inside more and make it as cozy as you can. Now number six, make a list of fun things that you want to do or accomplish this winter. So this is not like be so productive, be distracted. But I think a lot of times you do this for other seasons, I’m guilty of this, I always have a summer bucket list and always have a fall bucket list. And I’ve never made a winter bucket list. And again, there’s different things that I have made lists of like we got probably it’s probably more a project list for winter because it’s not usually like go sledding, watch this. We do I guess around you know, Christmas, we watch the Christmas movies, those kinds of things. But I’m having things like oh, try this recipe and things that you’re going to be indoors for anyways. Even if it is kind of project based, like clean up the basement, but other fun things to fun things that you want to do that again, maybe you wouldn’t take the time to try to do in warmer or nicer months, and it becomes more of a positive. Then like instead of sitting there thinking when is winter over and like this is dredging on this is terrible. You’re like more like kind of racing the clock to get things done in winter, like, oh, yeah, I still have to do this. And oh, we were gonna this is where to for us as a family. We do not splurge on family events very often. But we save a couple indoor things than for winter like bowling, we took our kids Bowling for the first time last year, in the winter, trampoline park will always go to like once a winter. So I know that some of these have obviously added expense. But even within the home, there’s so many things like we play a lot more games in the winter. Because in summer again, I’m like nope, we’re outside like go on the trampoline going. You know, we don’t have a pool, but the grandparents pool or this that. We go to splash pads we were we’re outside. But this is like the card games in the game. So maybe get grab a new game from Facebook marketplace or from a garage sale or something that I don’t think people do garage sales on winter. But you get the idea. I’m sure you’ve got some games at your house. And if not, I’m sure you can have a deck of cards that you know, it frames it. It’s kind of like with nutrition. I talk about this, instead of looking at like, oh, what what am I not allowed to have? Oh, I’m not allowed to have that. Look at the things that you need to get in your in your day. Like, oh, I need to get in three to five servings of vegetables, I need to get in 100 grams of proteins I need to get in my water. It just filters out the rest. So if you’re focused on all the fun things you’re trying to do, you’re not sitting there like one is this done. Alright, number seven, make plans to connect with friends. So this can be whatever it is, it could be just making sure that you’re calling a friend lives farther away from you. It could be like FaceTime dates. It could be meeting your friends either is nothing to substitute for face to face. But I know that’s hard for a lot of us. So you know meeting a friend for coffee, going for a walk with a friend even though if it’s chilly, you’re out you know, I still love to do this. meet friends for walks. Even though it’s chilly again, you get that outside time you get moving. And that’s like my favorite way to catch up with people. So because you’re moving you talk about more to usually when you’re walking versus when you’re just sitting having coffee, but there’s a time and place for all of it. So connect with friends. It’s easy to get a little more isolated when it’s cold or out and I feel like everyone’s social calendars or happen through I know for us like summer can be so busy and a great way but there’s so many social things. Even in fall there’s so many social things and then winter there’s usually In big LOL, so be proactive about it, don’t wait for people to reach out to you. This is the time that I usually do a book swap every year. Now this past the year 2023, I ended up doing it more summer and did it outside just because it was it actually was a busy winter. I never got to it. But
a book swap is really fun or things like that there’s a party I’ve never had or been invited to. But one of my friends was talking about having this does have added expense. So maybe not the one that you want to do. book swap is free. Like I just told friends bring books and we’ll all switch and what you know, we don’t use I will donate to the library. And that was really fun. And you know, maybe goes with your winter goals of reading more. But another friend was talking about having a favorite things party, where you pick a price point, so say $10 and under. And you’d only do this with maybe then like five, five other ladies or something where you buy five, five of your favorite whatever, you bring it to the party that you all switch. So say it’s like five of your favorite lip balms or five of your favorite face masks, whatever is like under 10 bucks or under whatever you decide. And then it’s just an excuse to get together have you know a girls night but you’re swapping things. I thought that sounded cute, but I’ve yet to do it. Alright, number eight is to awaken your senses. This is where I just wanted to throw a couple more like, like making your home cozy. And I talked about lighting and things. Using music is huge. Music is a huge mood booster, mood changer. I mean, there’s a reason when we watch movies, some things hit differently, like we’re like, oh, that’s so dramatic. Like Yeah, cuz it’s the music that they put to the background. If we watch some of these without that music in the background, it would not really have the same impact. So think about that. I mean, there are times when I, you know, I do tend to put on like classical music during breakfast. And then it’s usually like after naptime while I’m making dinner and I feel like we are all going to fall asleep at four o’clock or 430. If I don’t do something I will. It’s the end of quiet time, the end of naptime. We’ll put on crazy music. little blue thing is a current favorite around here, my foot that song on my two year old loses his mind like he starts doing butt spins on the floor and a handstands and stuff. It’s hilarious. So I mean, we mix it up, we like Hamilton, we like country, we like a lot of stuff. So different music can create different moods of different tones I put out at a James radio and Frank Sinatra radio at dinner, sometimes just quietly in the background. So it’s a whole motley crew, as usual, but decide, you know what it’s good for deciding what moods you want, you could be setting a calm vibe with some one of my favorite ones is on Spotify. It’s like piano covers. And it’s like kind of the the bridge I feel like between classical music and then just regular music where you’re not getting the words and stuff, but it’s really pretty. And I will put that on the background for when they’re just playing and stuff sometimes. So use music use, like, again, candles, I guess you could use here for scent. But my essential oils, I use a diffuser. So all like if I want to pep it up, put in peppermint. If I want to just kind of have nice smells going on, I’ll put in like cinnamon or just different stuff. And that totally helps make your home cozy, it can help lift you elevate the mood, you know. And, you know, that’s honestly what they want. Alright, and look up a little blue thing if you haven’t listened to. Alright, last to number nine is to because I have kids waking up in 10 minutes here, I was really going for it today and these podcasts. Number nine is to get your reading on and if you haven’t listened to it, maybe go listen to my top 10 must reads for 2024. But, you know, whatever you’re into, I don’t know fiction on that list. That’s more of like the the learning and growing kind of reading. But if you like fiction, start rereading some classics, maybe you’re gonna listen to some books, maybe this is a way I do like to multitask is listening to books while knitting or while hand lettering or while doing something with my hands. So I love holding the physical book too. But sometimes I like to do that in the evenings. So gay reading on that, that does tend to be a more seasonal thing for me, as well as I’ll read a lot more than winter. And then lastly, huge tip to getting out of winter funk is to focus on other people and not yourself. Now I did just make a whole list of things that can help you, you, you, you you but here’s the deal. I think the attitude and the approach needs to be where we are doing these things, and they are helping us but we’re not sitting there analyzing it and hyper focused on it. Because any time that I sit there and think Am I happy, am I fulfilled right now. And I whatever, I’m gonna find something I’m not happy about or not fulfilled or not content about when we are focusing on others. That is when we feel fulfilled and content and we have a purpose and we were created to serve we were created to serve our Creator to serve others to be Christ to others. And that is when we are always the most happy So do not bogged down in the especially this I didn’t talk about social media at all on here if the social media trap of then just flipping because we’re bored or we’re sitting. And that’s when these things usually happen like, Oh, am I happy with the way my kitchen looks because I like that kitchen or am I happy with the way I feel? Because she looks so cute in those clothes and I couldn’t wear them whatever. Focus on how you can help others do things for others and it takes the focus off yourself, and you’re gonna be happier. You’re gonna be out of that funk. Alright, I hope you enjoy this list. I hope you find some of them helpful and do not feel like you’re in a winter funk. If you are I don’t know what’s up. Next for you. He tell you what’s coming next, but I only made realistic January right now.

So lots of fun topics I’m sure for February. I always like to take your input so if you have any ideas or questions, you could shoot them to me on Instagram or just email me

Alright ladies, enjoy the rest of your day. I’ll talk to you next time.

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