Burnout is a major problem for any stay-at-home or work-at-home mommy. It’s part of the occupational hazards of trying to maintain a chaos-free household. It is not often that you get to see yourself doing the fun things you used to enjoy when you were still childless. It’s not that you’re even complaining. But yes, sometimes, a break would be just great. To keep your sanity, plan a short trip. Yes, that means leaving your child behind. Don’t fret! It’s time to nurture the nurturer. It might be a bit expensive but with careful planning, it will be time and money well-spent.
Here are some tips to help make your trip worthwhile (and fuss-free!).
Make sure the people you love are reassured about your whereabouts. So that you can truly enjoy your stay, don’t waste time being anxious. Leave your emergency number, your hotel number and all the details of your trip with someone in the family. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child can always talk to you when there’s an emergency.
Find out all over again WHO you were in the first place. You might be up to your ears with responsibilities but you have to rediscover what it is that makes you truly happy. A change of scenery can bring out your closet passion. Before packing your bags, figure out what your trip will be like. Will you be taking a lot of photos? Will you be interested in seeing the local landmarks? Will you be exploring the local cuisine? Don’t try to cram everything in one day. Really understand where you will concentrate your experience.Reconnect with old friends or relatives. See yourself in different types of relationships. You’re not just a mom, a wife, a person who organizes her home. You’re full of conversation and fun and you’re great company! Let your hair down. Enjoy your relationships and just be yourself.
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Try something different and new. Do something you’ve never done before. There’s a first time for everything. For all you know you’ll find new passions and interests while you’re at it. Make it something that will expand yourself and your horizons. Try doing something spontaneous (and not part of the itinerary)!
Quiet time is quality time. Finding yourself alone can be scary. But it’s the best place to start in terms of understanding yourself and your sources of energy and happiness. Look for places you would like to explore and spend some time reflecting. A great view of nature or a breathtaking landmark would be a good start. Use quiet time as an opportunity to reflect on yourself, your family, and your dreams.
There is a completely new gratifying experience waiting for you in the gift of travel. And while taking a trip somewhere is something that you would normally regard as expensive, the entire experience is actually priceless.