January Blues

Guess what? I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ve been doing so awesome with my mental health lately, and then my anxiety and depression flared up again. I guess I jinxed myself… I hate January. February too. The holidays are done, I need March and springtime now.

There are a few things that I know have contributed to it this time around:

  1. Adjusting to Ryan’s new schedule. He started the night shift last week, and the boys also decided this would be the week to keep me up late, wake up a alot at night, and get up early in the morning. Lack of sleep is not my friend.
  2. Social Media. I’m not sure when it started, but I’ve known for a while now that social media is a trigger for me, and I even tried deleting my accounts once before. But Ryan accidentally reactivated my Facebook, and I thought, “Eh, I’ll just keep it.” I’ve taken breaks from social media before and noticed I’m much more productive and less stressed without it, so today I went all out – deleted my remaining Instagram account and scheduled my Facebook account for deletion (and told Ryan not to accidentally log in to it again). I even thought about deleting my blog, but Ryan convinced me to hold off on that one.
  3. Caffiene. But I’m also convinced that I need it for survival with three boys under age six, so bring on the Dr Pepper.

So if you’re wondering what the heck is going on with me and why I keep changing up my blog on you, there’s your answer. When I feel anxious or depressed, I tend to start tweaking my blog as a distraction. Playing with the design is fun, and going back through my posts and reminiscing helps cheer me up. Sometimes I go a little crazy and change my domain or blogging platform… That’s a lot of work so it’s a really good distraction lol.

On the flipside, here are some things that I know help when my anxiety and depression flare up:

  1. Hugs. Expecially from all the handsome boys in my life.
  2. Prayer. This one can be hard, because sometimes when I feel down I get mad and stubborn and I don’t want to talk to God… But I still know that he will help me if I swallow my pride.
  3. Writing. It can be on my blog, in my journal, or even just making a to-do list to get my head organized. I planned out our homeschool for next week this afternoon and even that helped.
  4. Reading Conference Talks. One of my favorites to turn to when I’m feeling down is Like a Broken Vessel by Jeffry R. Holland.

To wrap things up, here’s a super adorable picture of two of my most precious treasures:

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I'm April, a homeschool mom with 3 sweet little boys. I soak up every precious and chaotic moment of motherhood by writing about my family, faith (we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), homeschool adventures, art projects, and life in general!

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