Being a mother is one of the most precious gifts in the world. However, most of us have experienced those days that seem to move at a snail’s pace, where there’s a constant sense of frustration lying just under the surface. Sometimes, we need to know that it is okay to admit that day-to-day life (regardless of your circumstances) can be a little a monotonous. Here are some ways to help break up the monotony of motherhood.
Do the hard part first
A common rebuttal is “I would do that, but I don’t have the time.” But the truth is that most of us can free a little more time in our daily lives. Creating a morning routine can help you be more productive throughout the day, and helps you get your most demanding tasks out of the way. That way, you can genuinely be left with a lot more free time, and you will also get rid of the frustration that comes with procrastination.
A little exercise is a fantastic mood buster. If you have time that you don’t know what to do with and you can’t readily go out to enjoy some activities or events, then get moving instead. Some people can get bored by the idea of merely going to the gym, as beneficial to physical and emotional health as it is. Spice things up a little by signing up to a fitness class, instead. They can add real variety to the mix.
Take advantage of the opportunities around you
We all tend to have a lot more going on in our communities, towns, and cities. For instance, recently, Oktoberfest came to the city. We can be prone to dismissing local events, either because expectations are low or because we’re feeling a little tired. However, it’s worth grabbing onto those opportunities. For one, you’re almost always going to have more fun at them than you expect. Secondly, they help you foster a real emotional link with the community around you. Third, most of them are very family friendly, which means they’re an easy way to get out of the home, try something new, but without having to pay for a babysitter.
Get a little culture
Family movie nights and trips to the cinema are a great way to get a little entertainment! The mind is a playground and, even when you’re bored, a bit more creativity and inspiration in your life can keep it an exciting, engaging place. For that reason, look for some live theatre performances near you and take a chance.
Have a little more free time? Perhaps you have a weekend coming up with nothing planned at all? It could be time for a bit of travel. However, the frustration of planning a long holiday with the family, not to mention the expense, might make it a dubious prospect at least. The truth is that you don’t have to go very far to enjoy a vacation. Instead, look at locations just outside the city that could make for a perfect day trip. There could be new eateries, activities like hang gliding or kayaking, National Parks, Botanical Gardens and more just outside your usual stomping grounds, especially if you live in the city. You don’t need a flight to see something entirely new.
Make the most of downtime
Sometimes, you just don’t have the energy to go anywhere or to do anything too strenuous. However, if you spend that downtime doing literally nothing, you might end up frustrated at the end of it. You get back to the daily grind, with nothing to show for it. Instead, you could capitalise on it. One way to do that is to have a staycation in your own home. You can get a meal out or order some takeaway, visit the local zoo, have a home cinema night, go camping in your back garden. It’s the perfect opportunity for some quality time for your family.
You deserve a date
Got a spouse or a significant other? When’s the last time the two of you had a real date? Many couples get into a rut because their only dates are during formal events like anniversaries and dinner parties. It could the perfect time to spice up the relationship a little, but also keep things easy-going, without the expectations of a big event. Make some date plans in advance with your partner and make a habit of it. It can offer the two of you some much-needed time to one another without always having to be mindful of the kids. Just make sure you find a babysitter well in advance.
Breaking the monotony of day-to-day life in motherhood isn’t just beneficial for keeping away boredom. A little variety makes it a lot easier to appreciate and be thankful for the life you have. You will be more inclined to take the time to smell the roses, as they say, and daily life won’t feel like quite as much of a grind.