6 Reasons Why You Need a Momcation

If you don’t remember the last time you had some time to yourself, whether for self-care, silence or simply to breathe, you need a momcation. AKA, a full-on vacation by your lonesome, without the hubby or children. If you’re saying, “yeah right, I could never do that,” we’re here to tell you that not only can you do this, you actually need to book one in 2019. And you’re not going to feel guilty about it, capiche? Plus, there’s research to back up our suggestion. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, more than half of all parents said they don’t have enough time away from the kids to spend with friends or on hobbies. Research published in the American Sociological Review found that moms have it even worse than dads — spending an extra 10 hours every week multitasking, which usually means juggling housework and childcare. Motherhood can be very stressful, whether it’s financial stress, time stresses, career challenges, etc. All of this points to why it’s critically important for moms to be rejuvenated and refreshed, at least once a year. Need more convincing? We’ve outlined a few arguments for taking your self-care act on the road this year. Here are 6 reasons why you need a momcation in 2019.

Glorious Sleep: Hello, Mr. Sandman, I’ve Missed You

Do you remember what it was like to get sleep? As a reminder, it’s that thing you’re supposed to have at least 7 hours of every night so that you can wake refreshed and ready to take on motherhood. On a momcation, you can sleep through the night without waking to crying, or the “mommy, I’m hungry” wake up call that typically occurs around 5 a.m. If you’re really feeling wild, you can wake up completely on your own and without an alarm (gasp! Say it isn’t so!). Motherhood is a full-time job, and it’s one that is done well when you’re at your best. And that means a break with uninterrupted sleep is going to make you feel like Wonder Woman when you get home. We pinky promise.

Food That Stays Hot: A National Treasure

If the term “hot meals” seems foreign, it’s when you are able to sit down to eat and actually enjoy food that’s still hot and not rubbery. No getting up a million times. No cutting food into small chunks. You might even need to blow on your food before you eat it (stahp it right now). When there’s no one else you need to take care of except for yourself, you’ll be more in tune with your senses and can appreciate the little things. Coffee…mmmm….

Absolute Silence: Something a Mom Can Only Dream About   

We’re calling it right now, the silence you’ll experience on your momcation might just be the best part about the entire trip. No crying. No whining. No TV. You can take a bath with candles and wine and not have anyone follow you into the bathroom. You’ll only hear the sounds that you desire and that’s it. We’re betting your hygiene improves dramatically too. New hair, who dis?

No More Mistaken Identity: You’ll Remember Who You Are

Before motherhood, you were a woman with hobbies and personal tastes that made you uniquely you. Is there a book you’ve been trying to read? Does the ocean energize you in a way that nothing else does? Have you neglected meditation or yoga or the things that center you within your own body? A momcation is the perfect time to indulge in these types of experiences. Taking care of you – and only you – is a type of grounding you’ll appreciate, and can take back home.

The Family Dynamic Shifts: This is a Good Thing

When one parent is gone, the family dynamic will shift. And believe it or not, they won’t need you right away! (Insert a sigh of relief and “hooray!”) Kids will be able to bond more fully with the other parent, and learn to rely more on each other. It goes without saying that you are irreplaceable, but if you’re away for a short time they’ll create bonds that they may not have otherwise. New discoveries and learnings for children are never a bad thing!

You’ll Love Coming Home: The Family Will Miss You Like a MOFO

When we said the silence was the best part of a momcation, we actually lied. It’s coming home to them that is pure joy. The feeling of reuniting with your family is unlike any other feeling, and you’ll be so grateful that time away opened up that possibility. Don’t be surprised if you notice little things that have changed, or if it seems your baby grew up seemingly overnight. It’s that fresh perspective and ability to be present that makes a momcation worth it.

Taking a momcation is highly recommended for these and so many other reasons. If you’re on the fence, table it for another time. It doesn’t have to be a long time away, just enough for you to recharge your batteries and come home with a new outlook. Chances are, if it’s good for you, it’s good for the fam bam too.

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