Tag Archives: Tips

Under the Weather

010

Between the overcast drizzle and icy sleet of Maryland weather, I’ve found myself a bit under the weather.

What I mean by under the weather isn’t necessarily the winter blues. I get that from time to time, but this time, I mean I feel tired and unable to find motivation to do much of anything.

Here are some ideas I’m trying:

More lights. I don’t own a full spectrum Desk Lamp , unfortunately, but I do have three lamps in my office that I will turn out to sit in a very brightly lit room. My son jokes about, pretending to be blinded every time he enters. The light helps.

Be mindful of your diet. Sugar tends to drain me, and not eating healthy enough leads to vitamin/mineral depreciation. I bought a vitamin supplement that has lots of B vitamins, vitamin D, and Zinc, among others. Deficiency in B vitamins and Iron can lead to fatigue. I also try to focus more on whole foods rather than processed foods. Try to pick foods in its most natural form.

Try to regulate your sleeping. This is a huge issue for me because I have problems sleeping. I get woken up by my dog, my husband’s snoring, and sometimes it’s the city’s siren going off at 3 am to alert the volunteer firefighters. I also find evenings my brain decides it’s the best time to sprout ideas.

Drink more water. Water helps keep everything running smoothly, and being dehydrated can cause fatigue. How do you know if you’re dehydrated? Pinch the skin on the back of your hand while it lies flat on a table. The skin should pop back when released. If it leaves a pinch mark, you need fluids.

Meditation. Studies show over and over that meditation improved mood. Try starting out for 5-10 minute meditation and work your up to longer lengths of time. Take note of your mood. You should find a more focused mind, a sense of balance, and gains in physical and emotional well being.

Music. I listen to music, and sometimes it just takes a single song to perk me up or improve my mood. Here is some of my selection:

Helen Jane Long: Expression

Kellianna: Elemental – Fire Transform Me

I hope some of these tips help others during these cold, dark days.

Advertisements

Prep for Winter

While walking the other day, I see the animals making their preparations for winter. Here are some tips to help you do the same;

gardentobed

On the blog,  onegoodthingbyjillee.com, she shares some neat tips on how to put your garden to bed.

heaterTrying to stay warm can be an issue if your power goes out, but BE CAREFUL with heaters and anything warmed with candles. This project offers an inexpensive means for heat, but DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED.

I have fingerless gloves to help keep my hands warm, as well as wrists. My husband made me another pair from an old sweat shirt. This makes a huge difference for me in staying warm when our house is kept at a lower temperature.

This lends to my next tip- Programmable Thermostat. We got one a few years ago, and it can lower the temperature in the evenings, when we’re toasty under blankets. It turns the heat up by the time we get out of bed. This helps tremendously to cut our electric bill without freezing us through the winter.

I love my electric blanket for sleeping, but I also have a electric blanket that’s heated as well. My son uses that at his desk, or we use it to watch TV on colder evenings. You can also find USB heated blankets, or car charger blankets for your vehicle.

wdhouseguide

And here is a helpful article from Women’s Day that shares House Prep Tips, that includes gardens.

This includes weatherization, and caring for patio furniture.

Preparing for winter in an emotional or spiritual sense involves some planning as well.

Make a list of fun things you want to do through the winter. This might include skating, sledding, building a snow man, or watching movies, sipping cocoa, or learning new things (language, herbalism, or knitting as suggestions).

Keep a journal. Journaling offers catharsis for those who might deal with depression or negative thinking. Promise yourself you won’t ‘feed your depression’, but practice happy thoughts, focusing on the positive, and adjusting the attitude to reflect a healthier outlook on Life.

Use the winter for learning. It’s the best time to stay indoors and master new skills. I already started my ‘learning list’ which includes crochet, handmade cards, jewelry making, and even some projects around the house. Keeping busy will keep the doldrums at bay.

Are you ready for winter yet? Post in comments to share your ideas.

Wednesday Witch: The Crunchy Pagan Mom Blog

thecrunchypaganmomblog

I may have added a number of mentions of this blog before, because the Crunchy Pagan Mom Blog offers a great deal of tips and advice, spoken in plain language, and offers lots of fun for witchlings.

The focus is on her family, but it’s a pagan family, so you’ll find many references to practice and activities, and even pagan homeschooling.

Some links I liked:

Lughnasadh/Lammas Activity Ideas for the Whole Family- She offers lots of ideas for families but many anyone can do.
How to Save Money on Pagan Supplies– Always helpful to find tips on saving money on supplies. She includes some links as well.
7 Baking Soda Uses for Pagans– I really enjoyed this post- lots of tips on using baking soda as something to cleanse/purify home and tools.

 

If you liked this post, please comment and share. Its always greatly appreciated.