As lovely as the view from my apartment is, I know that not going outside distresses me. I begin to feel frustrated and restless, yet I can't seem to motivate myself enough to just get up and get out. It is all too easy to fall into the routine of being a single stay-at-home-mother, waking with baby, feeding baby, changing baby's third pooped pamper, waiting for baby to nap so I can clean up after baby and repeating the steps as often as necessary until I crawl into bed, exhausted and anxious about doing it all again the next day.
I recognize that my tendency to remain in my home is an issue not only for my mental health but also my physical health: two years ago, I worked so much that I rarely saw the light of day, I became very depressed and suffered from a severe Vitamin D deficiency. I do not want to regress to such a state; besides, there is so much Equis and I do not see when we stay indoors all day. Hence, I am presenting this week's Top Five Friday blog topic: "Get Up. GET OUT! - Activities to Get You Out the Door." This post is as much for me as it is for you.
2. EAT OUT. Sure eating out can be taxing on the wallet and maybe on your health, but going out to a restaurant often makes me feel better about my day. Cooking at home can be fun, but most of the time I just feel frustrated that I consume food in about 1/20th of the time I took to cook it. Going out to eat is a good way to relieve my stress and feel excited about a new experience. FOOD! And If a restaurant is not baby-friendly, I make it so. Two of my favorite places to go to are Saint's Alp Teahouse, which is famous for its bubble tea and friendly servers, and Dallas BBQ, where the servers don't judge me for drinking a Texas-size frozen martini while feeding my son at the table.
Ultimately, it is important for us, as parents to take advantage of the resources around us. We must take time to interact with our children outside of the home as well as inside and to take time to nourish ourselves, our social lives and our mental and physical selves. I hope to live every day in remembrance that the time I have is precious and to use it wisely, especially as winter brings the desire to stay inside around the corner with it.
What do you do to get up and out? Any suggestions?