It doesn’t really require a study, or much research at all, to know that parenting is exhausting, but it can definitely feel reassuring to hear others agree that you could use a break. Do you need a mom-cation? Experts say you do.
Being a mom means losing sleep, aging faster and often times pushing your own needs aside for your kids, but at some point, every mom reaches a breaking point and could use a little R&R. While you might worry that things will fall apart in your absence, the truth is you’ll come back more prepared to tackle everything that parenthood throws at you.
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“I came back and I was a better mom. A more patient mom. A better wife. You learn to appreciate what you have at home because you got that break from it all,” Judy Khosh, a mother of two, told WDRB.
Not only does taking time off from caring for your family help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, but it also a good lesson for your kids to see that self-care is important too.
“It’s very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation,” Dr. Nava Silton, a psychology professor, told WDRB.
To really make that time away pay off, psychologists suggest suggests taking a mom-cation for at least two days. That might not always be easy or possible, but the important thing to remember is to take the time for yourself, no matter how long. Your whole family will be happier when you do.