Who is not excited about vacations? More importantly, who thinks that their mom has deserved to have a decent break and go on a vacation to relax and take her mind off everything? But, while all experts agree that motherhood comes with many stressors and they need to take a break once in a while, many moms don’t get the so needed rest.
However, many psychologists share the belief that mothers should be taking breaks from time to time by going on vacations called ‘mom-cations’!
A ‘mom-cation’ is a type of a vacation which includes only moms who understand entirely the need for having a proper ‘me time’ and taking a break from everything.
Many experts say that mom-cations do more for tired mothers than just providing rest. They are actually very beneficial for the whole family. Dr. Nava Silton, a psychology professor, says that “it’s very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation”
Moreover, it is crucial to understand that being a mother is a full-time job, from making dinner and doing the laundry to raising the kids and following through on many, many appointments. Therefore, many moms find the idea of going on a vacation utterly impossible to do or even accept. But psychologists warn moms of the importance of taking a legitimate break for themselves.
Spending a few days without worrying about whether her kids ate or did their homework can be very healthy and beneficial both for the mother and her family.
And if you are one of the moms who can’t manage to organize a nice vacation for yourself due to a tight budget or time constraints, here are 4 ways that you could use to take a break in your life.
1. Every week, gift yourself one morning off. Because it is a well-known fact that once you become a mother, you can say goodbye to having the weekends to rest, it is very important to take one morning off during the week to focus on yourself and recharge your batteries. Use that time to do whatever feels good to you, be it shopping, a yoga class, reading a book…anything.
2. Once a month, take a day off. Many moms are constantly filling up their days with errands and chores that they forget how to rest and do nothing. They spend their lives being caught up in “What do I have to do next” that they stop having fun and enjoy themselves.
3. Don’t do the household chores every single day. I understand how difficult it is to see the dishes piling up the sink, the laundry in the hampers, or the dirty kitchen, but pick days when you intentionally don’t do these chores. This is essential for your sanity, trust me. On specific days, do other productive things, but leave the chores for some other designated days of your choice.
4. Don’t abandon the idea of a mom-cation altogether. Take time to plan, and make it happen. Of course, relaxing at home feels nice and is very important for your health-being, but there is nothing like spending a few days by yourself on a vacation away from the everyday chaos.
Finally, after the mom-cation, you will come home refreshed and better than ever! Don’t hesitate to give it a try!