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A lot of moms feel guilty about taking time off for themselves or asking a family member or friend to watch their kid(s) for a night while they take a much-needed rest. It’s perfectly fine to have a little “you time” here and there, or even to take out-of-town trips.

The Perfect Weekend Getaway

I traveled to Chicago recently for work but decided to stay an extra few days just to relax and spend some time alone. I’m a single mom and I own my own small business as a licensed personal trainer, so I often feel a little run down after a couple of long weeks of work.

My son was staying with my mom, so I decided to check out the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau while I was downtown for my event to see what else was going on.

I felt a little guilty at first for enjoying a solo vacation while my mom watched my son, but I stumbled across another mom’s blog about why she’d taken to traveling alone every now and then.

I was sold.

A lot of times, we don’t realize how much we do on a daily basis until we stop doing it. Furthermore, others don’t realize how much we do until we’re not around to do it anymore. Every mom deserves a break and I decided that the end of my business trip was my time. Whether you’re a single mom or not, everyone needs a break every now and then.

Many moms also think that taking time for a solo vacation is selfish. Sure, the kids or the husband want to go also, and there’s always time for that. But, the truth is, even when you’re on vacation with your kids and family, you’re still busy being a mom, sometimes even more so. You’re still working in a sense and you still have to look out for the well-being of others, cook, clean and deal with kids’ meltdowns.

Getting away is good not only for you, but also for the family. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone and your kids likely don’t have a chance to appreciate how awesome you are.

A Night Out?

Even if you can’t get away for a week or a weekend, even a night out on the town can be a great refresher for moms. Try to organize a night a month where you can go out with friends or with your husband. Make it a scheduled event, so that way everyone knows when it’s your night to relax and have a good time.

So, when the time comes for your own perfect weekend getaway or night out with friends, don’t feel guilty. Take off, and don’t look back until it’s time to return.

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Written by Nan Gibbons

Nan Gibbons is a licensed personal trainer and nutritionist who owns her own fitness and training company in San Diego. The proud single mother of her three year old son Reid, she understands both the joy and chaos that come with parenting! Check out Nan's blog and connect with her on Twitter; @healthnut2011.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Donna B. (219 comments)

    I agree, taking care of yourself is very important. I put a lot of time and effort into taking care of everyone else and everything else, and I’m always last on the list – but that’s slowly changing.

  2. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom (17 comments)

    I am all about finding those special moments of “me-time” but as we all know it can somethings be hard to fit it in but I’ve found that if it is only 10 minutes a day it can you do wonders.