I notice that I tend to withdraw when I start to feel down. I don’t want to go out, I decline social invitations from friends, and dread turning on the computer to a flood of emails.
This year, I will not let this start to happen. Luckily I have some great friends who understand my tendencies, and will drag me out to lunch or over for a glass of wine. (Hear that, ladies? You’re on call! Wine Night is coming up…)
If a playdate once a week is all you can muster, then go for it. But be sure to do at least that! Talking with adults on a regular basis will help you feel better, and not so isolated. No, the grocery store run does not count, sorry.
Taking this a step further, plan a fun night with friends. Host a potluck and invite everyone over with their kids. It will give you something fun to plan, and force you to get your house in some sort of order, which will help with the funk too. Or, if you’re particularly adventurous and really want to kick Winter in the keister, plan a Mom’s Night Out and go have a few cocktails (or bowling, or a movie – whatever qualifies as fun in your world).
Don’t retreat into your cave. Get out there! The positive energy from other people will give your flagging energy levels a boost.