We can all agree that motherhood comes with a lot of stress, and mothers often lack the rest they crave for, so psychologists claim that they need to take breaks in the form of mom-cations!
A mom-cation is a vacation taken with only moms who need and understand the importance of “me time”. Experts claim that these vacations are beneficial for the entire family, and 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”.
Despite the other benefits, according to Scary Mommy, the family will also use the time the mother is not around to bond more fully with each other:
“When a parent is gone, the dynamic of the family shifts a bit. And that’s not a bad thing, temporarily. In fact, it can force your kids to rely more on each other, to help one another out more, and even to bond through squabbles without the option of calling on you to referee.
Mom is irreplaceable, of course, but when your kids don’t have you readily available, they find other means. They might learn that Dad can sing lullabies, too. Or they might find that Grandma makes better pancakes than you do. Removing yourself for just a little while may actually help your family create bonds that they wouldn’t otherwise.”
Motherhood is a full-time job, and these breaks usually sound too good to be true, so many mothers believe they are just an impossible dream.
Sometimes, a full-blown vacation is also difficult to manage, but there are many ways in which moms can take a break and enjoy some time for themselves only:
— Take one morning every week to recharge your batteries, read a book, go shopping, or go to the hairdresser.
— Save the household chores for specific days, and do not do them daily, even though it is difficult, and this will give you much time to de-stress
— Get a day for yourself, once a month and have fun, rest, or spend time with friends
Yet, we encourage you to plan and schedule your mom-cation, save aside money and time, and take a few days to relax in a calm and quiet place, away from the chaos and constant rush.
After a mom-cation, women return rested, happier, more patient, relaxed and prepared for the new challenges. Why don’t you try a mom-cation therapy yourself?