Let’s face it, whether moms work outside of the house or not, moms are super busy people. Sometimes they need a day to regroup, recharge their batteries, decompress or simply have fun. However, that day often does not come because there is always something or someone to tend to. Here are 7 tips busy moms can take to carve out a one day mini-stay-cation without going far and without spending a lot of money.
Tip #1 – Invite a friend. Asking someone to join you will cause you to mark it on your calendar and not brush it aside when challenges to your “day off” arise. It will also be more fun and memorable if shared with someone else.
Tip #2 – Avoid scheduling it on a day when there are a lot of evening activities that might undo the effects before the day is over. Even though you may need to schedule your mini-stay-cation during school hours, try to keep the vibe going until your head hits the pillow that night. If you know you have 3 activities to get your kids to and 17 minutes in which to eat dinner that evening, choose a different day. You want to gain as lasting an effect as possible. Make sure it is on a day with a relatively manageable night to follow.
Tip #3 – Plan an activity where you can engage as many senses as possible. You really want to be in the moment. The best way to do that is to tap into your experience with ALL of you – seeing, smelling, tasting, touching and hearing things that delight you. Examples might include a meal at a great restaurant, a day at the beach, or a concert.
Tip #4 – Take pictures. This will enable you to capture your experience so that when you look back at the photos, you can conjure the feelings associated with that day. Also, taking photos will ensure you do something worth “capturing” rather than staying in your pajamas all day (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Tip #5 – Do something you wouldn’t normally do. Change things up a little so you feel invigorated and refreshed.
Tip #6 – Set the stage. Be sure to let others know that you are not available that day. Make sure people have access to an emergency contact if you choose to be unreachable. Do not offer to do “just one thing” for “just a little while” for someone else. It will end up taking longer than you expect and will cause you to feel resentful. Truly set aside as many hours as you can for yourself.
Tip #7 – Tap into that thing you’ve been missing. What is the one thing you’ve been wanting to do for so long but just haven’t had the chance? Is there a particular movie you want to see? Do you want to try a new exercise class? Are you craving pampering like a full body massage? Did you want to try something creative? Give yourself the opportunity to finish the day feeling renewed.
Unfortunately, busy moms don’t win prizes for longest time between “vacation” days. They work 24/7. Having a day off of fun or relaxation will enable you to take a deep breath so you have the energy and patience to be the best mom you can be moving forward.