Dust off the jogging stroller and take your little one for a spin. The fresh air, change of scenery and exercise will freshen your mind and change up your daily routine -- especially if you walk to different locations each time. Use this as a way to check off your daily errands or as an excuse to plug in your headphones and listen to something other than Raffi and Yo Gabba Gabba.
If you normally go grocery shopping on a Wednesday morning, clean house on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, run errands on a Friday and fold laundry on a Monday -- after a while, you are sure to feel the monotonous routine and daily demands wear on you. The best way to break out of monotony is to pre-plan and to change up your routine. By organizing your upcoming week, you end up with more time to yourself and less time scrambling to get the kids out the door in the morning.
Pre-plan meals and school lunches over the weekend
Have you ever wanted to start a scrapbook, keep a journal or make handmade gifts? If you carve out 20 minutes of your day to work on a new hobby, you will instantly feel better just knowing that you are doing something different and accomplishing something new -- something that gives you a sense of satisfaction knowing that you will complete a task with a new end result.
Search for local playgroups with other parents and children the same age as your child. This is a great way to boost your confidence, interact with other adults, change up your routine and it gives your child another way to be social.
How to find playgroups
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