Psychologists Are Now Suggesting Mothers Should Take Breaks And Go On Mom-cations
Mothers are some of the hardest working people on the planet. The job of “mother” is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and comes with its fair share of emotional and financial stresses. A recent trend, popularized by social media, is the “mom-cation,” a short vacation where moms travel together or solo without their partners or children. While a “mom-cation” can be a fun trip for moms, psychologists are now suggesting that moms traveling alone can improve family relationships and family life as a whole.
“Mom-cations” can be beneficial for mental health by providing an opportunity for uninterrupted relaxation, giving mothers a chance to recharge their emotional batteries. Taking a solo trip can break up the monotony that develops when following the regimented daily routine of school drop-off/pick-ups, extracurriculars, and everything else that comes with a suburban family lifestyle.
It gives mothers an opportunity to reconnect with their identity outside of motherhood, allowing time to focus on hobbies and activities. Distance from the family unit can allow mothers to have a different perspective on their lives and develop a greater sense of appreciation for their spouse and children.
Taking a “mom-cation” can also help a mother work through separation anxiety. A mother can often feel like she’s the only one that can keep the kids on their schedule and manage the household.
Before leaving for a trip, a mother can make a care plan to give to the spouse, family members, or friends who are caring for the children. A mom’s solo trip is a time where a spouse or other caregivers can prove that lives capable of providing care for the children. This may make the mother more willing to delegate responsibilities once she returns.istockphotos.com/monkeybusinessimages
There should be no guilt in taking time for yourself and going on a “mom-cation.” Taking a break could be more beneficial to you and your family unit in the long run than not finding time to relax.
A mini “mom-cation” could even just be getting coffee alone or going shopping by yourself. If you know someone who could use a “mom-cation,” pass this article along to them.
What about you? Have you ever been on a mom-cation before? Let us know your thoughts! Pass this story along to your friends and family to inspire all the lovely mothers in the world to take some time off for themselves!
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