I have to say January and February are my least likable months. How about you? I live in a place where snow and ice storms along with very frigid weather are constant for at least 3 months. Just getting ready to go outside makes me look like Ralphie’s brother, Randy, from The Christmas Story movie. By the time, I am dressed, I am exhausted! Covid-19 has not helped this year
It has taken me a few years to realize that my energy and attitude levels are not always what they should be during these months. So, I acknowledge it, try and work through it on my own, talk to people in my corner who are what I call, Safe People, and make a plan of action.
Making a game plan is what I need especially during for these months. I get my sewing machine busy, read uplifting books, watch some funny shows, go for an outside walk with my friend once a week (yes, I look like Ralphie’s brother), do more crafting, and brave the cold and snow by snowshoeing. If our ATV can get through the snow, we go on rides as well. It has been harder this year with not being able to connect with extended family and friends. I bet you are feeling the same way
.I remember as a single mom, it was especially hard and I was thankful for those friends and family who were just a call away. It can feel very lonely at times especially when some around us are not affected in the same way. That is okay, I am not them, they are not me.
As I embrace the realization that some months of the year are not my favourite, then I can work at solutions. I know some people need medication and grateful for prescriptions to help them do life. We all need to care for ourselves as God’s creation and then, in turn, we can manage life and care for others.
The scriptures are also comforting and encouraging to me. Numerous people in the Bible struggled too. It’s called being human.
Psalm 42:11 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?
I am happy February is leaving, but I am also glad to have worked to embrace my struggles. If you are like me, I hope you can do the same little by little.
Don’t be afraid to reach out if you would like some encouragement and a listening hear. Also, here are a couple of links if you are interested.
We are going to get through this.