When I am starting to get into my funk I like to retreat into my cave. I stay in the house, I don’t open the curtains, I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to stay in my sweatpants and t-shirt and vegetate. Very productive, I know.
Getting outside always makes me feel better. Fresh air, Mother Nature; it has a calming energy and a peaceful effect on the psyche. Get outside and take a walk. I know it’s chilly (or downright frigid), but I grew up in Minnesota and my mom would force us outside no matter what the weather was doing. We could only come back inside when that strip of wrist between our mitten and our coat sleeve was sufficiently red and chappy.
Your kids want to play outdoors, and they want to spend time with you. Instead of bundling them up and shoving them out the door, get out there with them. If you have snow, take them sledding. Those of us without snow don’t have much of an excuse. Let the kids ride their bikes while you walk with them. These days are short, so put some of that sunshine to good use.
At least open your curtains. Baby steps…