When you think of a “mommy vacation,” you might imagine a couple of days spent at a spa, blissfully wiling away the days with cucumber slices on your eyes, a massage and a lovely mani-pedi. While this is certainly a great option, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to get some much needed time for yourself.
Moms wear tons of hats and juggle dozens of responsibilities every day. To keep the family ship running smoothly, you often don’t have the time to spend on yourself. However, self-care is crucial for you and your family. After all, it can be hard to make sure everyone is well taken care of when you are feeling burned out, exhausted and crabby.
With this in mind, check out the following ideas that will give you some much-needed time to rest, rejuvenate and rev up your mommy engines:
Look for daily pockets of time
Moms are busy from sunup to sundown, but with some planning and tracking, you will probably find a pocket of time here and there to set aside for yourself. Keep track of your time for several days and mark which ones are set in stone — such as taking the kids to school or going to work — and where you can spend your time differently.
For example, you might find that you are spending an hour a day on social media websites; if you can cut this back to 30 minutes, that leaves you a half hour a day that you can spend on yourself. Imagine a daily bubble bath, some quiet time reading or whatever makes you feel relaxed.
Head out with your girlfriends
One of the best ways to feel sane as a mom is to spend time with other moms. Set aside regular times to get together with at least one girlfriend. You can grab coffee, eat lunch on a patio or unwind with a friend over the best martini. Spending an hour or two a few times a month with other moms will allow you to vent, share what’s going on, support each other and have carefree time away from the responsibilities of home.
Take a mini vacation at home
While it can be wonderful to get out of the house for your alone time, there is also something to be said for a mommy staycation. Think about it — a day or two of uninterrupted time at home, when you can lounge on your sofa and watch grown-up shows that don’t involve a red muppet, eat your favorite takeout foods and sleep late. If you so desire, you could also use some of the time to putter around and sort through your kids’ zillions of toys or even tackle painting a small room.
To make this happen, talk to your spouse about his taking the kids on a mini weekend vacation. They can head to Grandma’s or a nearby town and have a wonderful time while you unwind in your relaxing abode. Single moms can enlist the help of other mom friends or relatives who live close by.
Put it on your wish list
The next time your birthday or the holidays roll around, let your significant other know that you really want a mommy vacation. There is nothing wrong with letting your loved ones know that you’d love some time away now and then. You can suggest a specific hotel or resort that you’d like to visit and work with your spouse to set aside the money to make it happen.