Psychologists Say Mothers Need Breaks By Going On Mom-Cations

Did you know that on average, moms work 96 hours per week? That’s equivalent to working two full-time jobs plus overtime. Experts say being a mother can be financially and emotionally stressful (1). In fact, most moms aren’t getting the proper amount of rest they need.

Society expects women to commit and give fully to their families, yet little is said about the need for moms to find time for self-care. This is why many psychologists suggest that mothers take time away from their kids and go on mom-cations so they can nurture themselves and avoid a burnout down the road (2). 

Moms Deserve Breaks Too!

A mom-cation is a special time that mothers break away from their usual routine to relax.  For moms who are stressed out, this involves a lot of “me time” and self-care. While this may seem selfish, research shows mom-cation actually benefits the entire family. Dr. Silton, who is a psychology professor says, “it’s very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation.” Children who always see their parents especially their moms struggling to cope with daily activities may find it difficult to deal with adulthood (3).

Motherhood is a full-time job that involves doing the laundry, managing appointments, getting involved in school activities, preparing meals, and so much more. Studies show that moms are so caught up in their routines that the idea of vacation just for themselves makes them feel guilty. Most women consider a mom-cation an unnecessary luxury that they can’t afford (4). However, you need to understand that being a mom is just as stressful as a regular job (if not more) and it’s important for you to take a break. 

Creative ways moms can enjoy their well-deserved breaks

Spending a few days away from the kids is a dream come true for many mothers. You don’t have to worry about dinner, bedtime, and homework. However, a full-blown vacation can be difficult to plan due to time constraints or a tight budget. (5) For now, if you can’t book yourself a mom-cation, here are some simple but effective relaxation ideas that you can use to incorporate “me-time” into your schedule as a mom: 

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