Ladies, we love our partners, and we love our kids. We put in SO much work every day to keep our families happy and well cared for. But like all things in life, we need a little bit of a break sometimes.
Frustration can build up, and you can start having feelings of burnout from doing the same chores and the same errands for days, weeks, months, and even years. It’s not a bad thing, either. Humans by nature like interesting experiences, and we know when we need to take a step back from the routine.
Need a Refresh?
When we jump back in to the normal, daily life we’re used to after a great trip, we’re refreshed, and can have a greater appreciation for our spouse’s quirks and the excitement the kids bring home from school.
One of the biggest reasons to have a girls only trip is to be able to get all those frustrations off of your chest. Your friends know how much you love your family, just like they love theirs. You can all let go of all that tension among your most trusted friends, where it’s safe, and you can have some fun with it.
Getting away is a better idea than having a grown-up sleepover, too. Weekend destinations are the best, so you can have a great time, but not be away too long. Spas and resorts can be relaxing, but also a bit pricy. Instead, look for places only an hour or two away from your homes. Try renting a log cabin in the woods, since nature has such restorative properties anyway. Maybe there is a yoga workshop/retreat nearby, or a historical haunted house tour.
We often spend the majority of our energy taking care of others. It’s normal for us, to sacrifice our time and effort so everyone else can be cared for. Unfortunately, if you spend all your energy taking care of others, there’s none left for taking care of you, and this is what this girls trip is all about.
It’s a great idea to get away and recharge, have some time for yourself with your friends, and refill your batteries. Self-care is becoming more and more recognized as an important part of remaining healthy and content with your life, and some women have even sworn that little trips like these have saved their marriage.
A short get-away is even a good exercise in recognizing feelings of guilt or feelings of being un-deserving of good things in your own life. Since we tend to sacrifice for others, we feel guilt or shame when wanting something for ourselves. This isn’t a healthy mindset, and can lead to accidentally self-destructive tendencies and less than ideal decision making.
When you allow yourself to relax, have fun, and enjoy some time away with your friends, you renew your self-confidence and self-worth. You can come back from your trip brighter and stronger, and more able to tackle all the large and small issues in your life. You’ll be able to laugh more easily, and take the bumps in the road with more grace.
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