The recent snowfall in the UK has meant that many mums have been stuck indoors at home with little ones. Cabin fever really kicks in after the novelty of the snow melts away… Especially if you have a baby or toddler under 2. You’re very limited as it’s difficult to take little ones out if it’s very slippery or extremely cold. It’s obviously not a big deal in the UK as it rarely happens. However, it did prompt me to think about mums who may be stuck indoors, alone, on a daily basis.
I’m actually very used to being stuck indoors myself. I only very recently passed my driving test, so for the past year I’ve been stuck at home A LOT. I don’t live very close to a town either, it’s about a 45 min walk with the pram. Therefore, I’d usually end up walking along a local footpath to a park. I’d do this same route most days – just to break up the day. I’m not going to lie, it does become monotonous. It’s easy to become withdrawn and down when you’re stuck indoors with no adult company. Especially when you have to be all happy and animated to entertain a little one (or more).
So, how have I managed to not lose the plot?! To be honest, I’m amazed I haven’t, but there have been times I’ve caught myself having a natter to Molly about the weather. That’s when I decide it’s time to get out and socialise. Even if it is just a walk down the road. However, if you don’t drive, there are times when you really can’t get out due to the weather.
My tips to remain sane when you’re stuck indoors:
1. Get changed out of your pyjamas and slap on a little make up. Unless you’re feeling utterly exhausted, it’s certainly acceptable to slob about if you’re just too tired to function. I do it once or twice a week. However, if you do this every day it can actually make you feel more tired and unproductive. I find that I’m much more productive when I’ve made an effort to get changed.
2. Make chores in to a game. Getting chores done can boost your mood and make you feel as though you’ve actually accomplished something! Make it more fun by involving your little ones. Molly loves to pass me the washing to hang up. She also loves it if I pop a mixing bowl on the floor with some of her toy shapes and a wooden spoon. If I do this whilst I’m baking or cooking she feels as though she’s involved too and it keeps her happy.
3. Don’t stay in one room. Move to different rooms in the house. A change of scenery is good for both you and your little ones. Even if it means putting the TV on in your room instead – any change is a change! I also spend some time in Molly’s room with her, and she loves playing with different toys.
4. Switch the TV off for a while and put some music on. Dancing and singing is great for boosting your mood.
5. Exercise. Again, exercise is a fantastic mood-booster. Physical activity releases endorphins in to the blood stream which has a positive effect on your mood. Even if it’s just 10 minutes. There’s some fantastic videos on YouTube. Some are even specifically for mum and baby, so everyone can get involved!
- 6. Focus on how fortunate you are. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes when you’re feeling a bit fed up, it’s easy to feed into those negative feelings by focusing on the rubbish parts of your situation. Instead, try and think about how fortunate you are to have this wonderful little life in front of you. Focus on how happy you make him/her. You’re their entire world and more. Remember that there are people out there who in comparison to their situation, would give anything to be on yours. That doesn’t mean your feelings are wrong or insignificant, acknowledge your feelings, but don’t let them consume you. This is hard to do at times, but once you’ve learnt how to let go of negativity, it becomes easier to focus on the good things about your situation. However, sometimes the situation may be just too much and that’s OK. Remember that tomorrow is a new day.
Big love x