Breaking Motherhood Monotony
Does everyday feel like ground hog day? I find there are days that I feel like I am a hamster on a wheel – going around in circles. Repeating the same actions and routines every single day. It can make you crazy – literally. Don’t get me wrong. I love being a mom. But sometimes, I just want to stand outside and scream, because my life seems to be following the same monotonous pattern.
Following routines absolutely helps with raising children, especially sleep routines (I learned this the hard way). I’m not disagreeing on the routines. But, I think stay at home moms (or dads) and mompreneurs who work from home (like me) especially feel that sometimes they are trapped in this parenting vacuum.
So how do you break the monotony…
Here are some of my suggestions (now if only I would remember to implement them daily).
1.Ditch the Cabin: If you want to ditch the cabin fever, ditch the cabin. This means leave the cabin. Leave your house for at least 20-30 minutes a day. This does not include dropping off or picking up children from school or daycare. Carve out the time for yourself. Take a walk. Go to the mailbox. Buy some milk at the grocery store. Just get out! (alone if you can)
2. Exercise: Even if it’s for 10 minutes a day. Incorporate ditching the cabin with a brisk walk. Ideally, you want to commit to 20-30 minutes a day. If can’t make it to the gym or fitness class, exercise at home. Even if that means, with the kids. My boys and I will go to the basement and dance our hearts out to really any song that has a good beat.
3. Order Take-Out or Pick up dinner. I know some people love the kitchen. But when I cook every single day, I feel like a slave. So, we pick up take-out at least once a week to save my sanity. If you ever figure it out, sometimes picking up a pizza ends up being cheaper than cooking. At our local grocery store, they offer a great deal on pizza ever Thursday. Cooking can be stressful. Give yourself a break!
4. Plan an adventure. At least once a month, plan an adventure with your family. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Pack a picnic and venture to a new park you have never been to before.
5. Get Social. We need social activity with our fellow moms or if we are lucky enough to get a sitter, with our partners. Time away from the kids is important. I recently joined a bi-weekly Zumba class and between the sweat, I enjoy cracking jokes with fellow moms.
If you try to incorporate these tips into your everyday life, you will be able to break mom monotony. You will feel invigorated and your kids will feel a lot happier too. Time to get outside the cabin – I have been looking at this computer screen way too long!
Would love to hear how you manage your day 🙂