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Dealing with the winter blues

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It has been very cold pretty much all over the UK. We were lucky enough to get some snow last week. It was white and beautiful last week Wednesday and the kids loved it. The enjoyed walking to school in the snow and they even had the opportunity to build a snowman! There is still snow in the forecast, so we are expecting some more in the next few days. I am sort of looking forward to it for the kids sake, but I am not looking forward to the chill that comes with it.

 

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The cold and darkness makes me super low on some days. I won’t call my state of mind – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or winter depression, but it is quite similar. The cold and the darkness that comes with it (especially the darkness) gets me really down sometimes. I call the feeling the winter blues.

As a working from home mummy of 2 very busy toddlers, I am always on the move. Working from home with the kiddies in school means I get to be on my own and with my thoughts and work for a good part of the day. So I have to protect my state of mind to ensure I can give everyday my best shot.

Here are some ways I cope and keep the winter blues away –

 

Let them be light

I pull my blinds and curtains every morning and get in as much natural light as I can. This act usually gives my mental health an instant boast. It helps that we have a room with a window in the ceiling like aluminium roof lanterns. I like to do most of my work during the day in that room. We also have French doors in our living room which helps as well. I like to chill in the room as it is always bright and alive.

 

Get out of the house

The school run takes me out of the house every weekday. I have also started driving lessons, that gets me out as well. I also may sure I go out at least once a week outside of the school run times for a few hours. Getting out of the house means I get to take in as much fresh air as possible, which clears my head and mind.

 

Meditation

Like I mentioned in this post, I have started meditating and I am loving it. I now sleep better and feel great. If you don’t meditate, I would advise you try it. It is great to just sit up and do nothing, think of nothing and just listen to the sounds around you. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do, but I cannot imagine never meditating now. It has become a nightly ritual.

 

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Burn a candle

I love candles and I like to have them in my home. Yankee Candles are my current favourites. Candles have a way of relaxing me and the scent of my candles help me deal with the winter blues.

 

Listening to music

I would be lost without my Spotify app on my phone. I listen to some of my favourite tracks on there everyday. Music is like food to my soul and it can help me deal with anything.

 

How are you dealing with the winter blues? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

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The Moscow State Circus Birmingham

We had the opportunity to see The Moscow State Circus at Resorts World Arena, in Birmingham. They had the ‘Miracles’ show on and it was a spectacular performance. The kids loved it, they enjoyed watching the breathtaking performances, and we enjoyed watching them as well. It was a lovely circus show, with many captivating displays. There was no dull moment whatsoever. It was a 2 hour show filled with comedy, stunts, and various gymnastic and acrobatics displays.

 

The Moscow State Circus Birmingham

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We have always wanted to go to a circus show but we never got the chance to do that until The Moscow State Circus came to Birmingham. We were in the lovely city of Birmingham for New Year, and watching this show was on our to-do list. I am happy we got to see this circus. It was worth coming all the way from Cheshire for, and it has definitely raised the bar very high for circus shows going for.

The overall service was good. We got our tickets quickly and had some time to play around until the next show. The show was on time and all the performances were really good. It is hard for me to decide on which performance was my favourite, but one in particular stood out for us all. Our The Extreme ® stunt riding team  performed the Globe of Death, which was all about 3 men in bikes, riding really fast in circles in a globe. I did share a glimpse of the stunt on my Instastories on the day. It was an adrenalin pumping performance. I had my mouth open all through the stunt. I wonder how they do what they do.

 

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The kiddies really liked the Award-winning Clowns the Chervotkins Duo. They found them really funny. My son loved the duo so much. He laughed all through their performances.

The pictures don’t do it justice. I will be adding some of the videos I captured on the day on my YouTube channel in a bit, so keep your eyes on my channel. ‘MIRACLES’ was definitely the perfect production. We found it very entertaining and we cannot wait to watch another circus show now. This has left us hungry for more performances. It was a lovely way to start the year 2019.

 

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Have you attended any circus show lately?

 

Goodbye 2018

We have less than 48 hours left in 2018 and I am super excited to bid this year farewell. It was a good year with ups and downs. I grew a lot this year. It was challenging in some cases but the challenges made me take the bull by the horn and keep moving. I know 2019 is going to be a much better year all around, and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings.

Before we heard into 2019, here are some highlights of my year –

 

My Birthday in January

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I started the year off with my Birthday as a January baby. I had a good time celebrating another year. The thirties are being very good to me and I am loving it.

 

Trip to New York and Maryland

 

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We visited New York and Maryland in April. It was a fun trip. We all had a great time and it is one holiday I can’t ever forget. I wrote a few blog posts about our trip to New York and some of the places we visited. I also wrote about our road trip from New York to Maryland, so play catch up on the posts if you missed any.

 

The Kiddies Graduated Pre School

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My babies graduated Pre School in July and that was a big deal in our house. They are growing very fast before my very eyes and it has been amazing watching them thrive.

 

Collaborating with brands

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This year has been brilliant with me working with some amazing brands in different ways. Long may it continue.

Here are some of the examples of the collaborations –

Leesa Mattress Review

F and F Clothing

Professional Eye Studio

Cheerz

M & S Opticians

Hasbro

 

 

Got to Film with Mumsnet and F and F Clothing

 

 

I got to film with Mumsnet and F and F Clothing last summer. It was my first time filming with a brand and it was a lovely experience. I got to step out of my comfort zone and do something completely different and I loved it.

 

Started my YouTube Channel

 

Half Term in Portugal

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We visited the lovely city of Algarve in Portugal over half term in October and it was amazing. We enjoyed the lovely weather and the resort we stayed in was fantastic. It was a lovely short holiday.

 

 

I started my YouTube channel in the summer as well. It has been on my mind for years and I am glad 2018 was the year I finally decided to just do it. I have not posted a video on there in a long time but I plan to be more consistent next year. I am hoping to grow my channel a little more so do check it out if you can.

 

How has this year been for you? Any new year resolutions for 2019?

 

 

 

 

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