When the Winter Blues Come to Call

Firstly, I need to share with you that I hate coughing. I really HATE coughing. Why? Well, I’m sure it’s annoying for anyone, but I had bronchitis for an entire summer when I was 8 or 9 yrs old and my dad was a chainsmoker to make it worse. All my friends were out having fun, enjoying the time off school and I was bedridden for 2 months. Cough cough cough. Our family doctor even made several house calls that summer, taught us a bit of herbalism, and had to teach me how to cough properly so I wouldn’t throw up or choke. Ugh.

Anyway, how does that tie into a post about the winter blues? Well in addition to less daylight hours, lots of people get a bit run down over the holidays then get knocked flat by colds & flu in January, which can really do a number on our moods. I was doing great until I had a few consecutive interrupted/short sleeps and then I caught this damn cough that’s been hanging on for a cpl weeks now. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, it’s got me feeling pretty blue today. I’m doing everything I can to heal quickly (& considering the fact that some people I know have had it for a month I’m doing great!). But part of the blue feeling I’m experiencing tonight is a sense of isolation. In addition to my keeping to myself while coughing, there’s been sadness and loss in my world and amongst those I care about, and I’ve been helping someone who’s going through a really rough time. Yes, I’m still seeing people at work (not contagious, don’t worry), and my kids are at home with me, but the social side of my life has been much quieter than usual. I’m missing my people soooo much but I know if I push myself too far I’ll relapse & that just doesn’t make sense, does it?

How am I coping? Staying cozy at home (pj’s & fuzzy blankets), hanging with my cutie-cat Dharma, making healthy comfort foods, chatting on the phone, and getting to bed early.

Self care, especially when we are feeling blue and recovering from illness, is so important! Make yourself a priority… you can catch up on all the fun later.

Take it easy & be well!

If you feel like you need a little help shifting your Mindset into a more positive place, check out my free FB group Level Up Your Mom Life

Burnt-Out-Mom Syndrome and Adrenal Fatigue

Let’s face it, life can get super busy more often than not.  We’ve got a lot on our plates most of the time and can end up feeling like we are barely able to balance it all.  Fatigue, cravings, inability to sleep, and mood swings are REAL!

And common.

 

Adrenal fatigue is thought to be one of the (many) health issues that can be attributed to our high-stress lifestyles.

 

However, because there is no widely accepted definitive test for adrenal fatigue, it’s still quite controversial.

 

Let’s dive into what we know about adrenal fatigue, and learn some ways to deal with it, including a non-food recipe (at the bottom). Continue reading “Burnt-Out-Mom Syndrome and Adrenal Fatigue”

Eating my Damn Breakfast… and other meals…

I’ve lived with anxiety since I was 8 years old. I’ve developed my own ways of dealing with it, and have learned much from working with a variety of health professionals as well as through my own self-study.  I’ve got a good selection of things in my “tool kit” to help with cope with anxiety issues when they arise.

 

In the past year I noticed something new about my anxiety experiences.  While I’ve always been aware that WHAT I eat impacts my moods and my ability to cope with what life throws my way, and while I’ve been doing my best to eat regularly throughout my day to help keep my low blood pressure in check, I DIDN’T realize how much putting off eating was impacting my emotional & mental health.  When I don’t eat enough and/or regularly I’ve definitely felt my anxiety getting the better of me. Continue reading “Eating my Damn Breakfast… and other meals…”

Is Your Mindset Messing You Up?

The Momma Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

 

We all have some level of stress, right? (Every mom everywhere puts her hand up… lol!)

 

It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).

 

Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving.

 

Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.

 

It’s the chronic stress that’s a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. Continue reading “Is Your Mindset Messing You Up?”

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