Have you ever gotten in a funk because you’ve been cooped up in the house for too long? Possibly because of sick kids, an injury, or a week of too much snow, you find yourself moping around with ever increasing cabin fever needing a pick me up…
That is how I get when my little ones keep passing sickness around in the winter months. As much as I love my little sick bumpkins, and wouldn’t want anyone other than myself to be tending to them, I find myself needing a break from the monotony of these long days.
In light of my recent cooped up state, here is a list I compiled of some of my favorite pick-me-ups.
Pick-Me-Ups for Moms
- If at all possible, get out of the house. I know, no one wants to leave their sick babies. But for the sake of your sanity go for a walk around the block or go get a cup of coffee.
- Reconnect with people. The worst part of isolation is that you start to feel alone which leads to discouragement. Call your mom or a friend and chat for a while. You will feel so refreshed having someone to validate and encourage you.
- Work out. This sounds counter-intuitive but sometimes just getting your body exercising releases some of those tensions and fills you with new energy.
- Take a bath. If only to be in a room relaxing by yourself.
- Play an instrument.
- Listen to a sermon. Missing out on Sunday worship can put a damper on your week. If your church has a podcast make a point to listen to it.
- Make a special dessert and invite your hubby to join you for some dessert and a board game after the kids have gone to bed.
- Rearrange some furniture. Sometimes sprucing up a room can give you a renewed appreciation for your home.
- Start a craft. Pick up some crochet, sewing, or drawing. Perhaps take this time to make a gift for a specific person.
- Pray out loud.
- Journal your thoughts. If writing is an outlet for you, get a pencil or a laptop and go to town.
- Message a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, and see how they are doing.
- Put some music on and get some chores done. The feeling of accomplishment is usually accompanied with good vibes.
- Take a nap.
- Light a candle and enjoy the smell throughout your house.
What are your favorite pick-me-ups?