Ah January, it feels about 456 days long, the skies are grey and nobody has any money. It’s no wonder that most people feel like hibernating until the daffodils come out in Spring.
If you’re a new mum, it can feel easier to stay indoors with baby, play games and watch CBeebies, but endless duvet days won’t do much for your fitness levels or wellbeing.
Here are five ways to beat the January blues as a new mum…
- Get out for a walk in the middle of the day
Vitamin D is crucial for our health and wellbeing, but in the winter, we can be lacking due to the non-existent sunshine, dark mornings and 4pm sunsets. Taking supplements can help, but making sure you get out for a good walk in the middle of the day will be hugely beneficial for your fitness, mood and VitD levels.
Wrap up warm, grab the buggy and get out for a good hour. The fresh air will do you both good.
It’s worth noting that, from six months, the NHS recommends giving all babies vitamin supplements (earlier if you are breastfeeding). You can find out more information here.
- Enjoy some home picnics with your mummy friends
Expensive lunches out and endless lattes can be a bit of a stretch in January, especially if you have overstretched at Christmas or given the credit card some hammer.
Rather than quitting socialising, take it in turns to have home picnics with your mummy friends and their babies. Everyone can make or buy a few bits and bobs, and for around a fiver each you can enjoy a fantastic feast of dippy bits, sandwiches and treats. The hostess can stick the kettle on and you’re sorted!
That way, you’ll still have the camaraderie and support system that your friends offer, without the expense.
- Plan a few things to look forward to
Getting a few things in the diary for February and beyond is a great way to boost your morale. So chat to your friends and plan a spa day, afternoon tea or night out so you have something nice to look forward to. At this time of year, there are endless offers on sites such as Groupon or Wowcher.
You could also raise your mood by checking out lovely holidays for the family later in the year. You don’t have to book anything just yet, but getting a few ideas on the boil will cheer you up no end!
- Go easy on yourself
January can be a tough time – the fairy lights have been whipped away along with the mince pies, and all of a sudden you’ve made some resolutions to get fitter, more active, healthier, drink less wine, drink more water, eat less meat, recycle more….the list goes on!
Although having good intentions is a brilliant thing, if you do cave in and have a Friday night pizza, miss the gym or enjoy a sneaky glass of wine, don’t give yourself a hard time about it. Slipping up or going against your good intentions doesn’t mean you’ve failed, just go easy on yourself and start again tomorrow. No dramas!
- Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual
Getting enough sleep is not always easy as a new mum, but once the kids are in bed it can be super temping to get some “me” time and stay up for just one more episode of your favourite drama on Netflix, even if you have to yawn your way through it.
Take advantage of the dark nights and try and go to bed earlier every night. A simple change like this will make you feel more energised, focused and ready for anything the next day. January blues? Jog on!
What are your tips for beating the winter blues?