Recently I posted about going on (or staying in for) a mama stay-cation. This was a much-needed event in our household, as mama was slowly turning into a zombie monster. Every body feels better when mama feels better. I explain that concept here.
Every mama could use a stay-cation once in a while. This is basically a stay at home, simple retreat, to recharge your batteries and fill up your ever providing well. I took two days for my stay-cation, and even though those days weren’t completely free from things that needed to get done, there was enough space within them that the experience was totally enjoyable and refreshing. (Despite ending in a trip to the ER, which you can read about here).
The one thing a mama stay-cation requires, is someone other than mama, to look after the littles. In my case, this job was predominantly handed over to my super amazing mother-in-law, and my hubby. For two days, during the day, my little was swept away by daddy to his grandma’s house, where he got to play and spend time with one of his favorite people, and I got to play and spend time with…myself.
Here’s some of the things I did on my mama stay-cation, and some things I didn’t get to, but plan to do on the next one.
1. SLEEP. I want to put this in bold, italics, and underline it, but I’ll just go with bold for aesthetics sake. I slept late (well later than usual) on both days. I let daddy sweep my little guy off and handle the packing up and getting out, so that I could stay in bed and hour or two longer. Even just these few extra hours, were magical.
2. Bathe. Like in the actual bathtub, without boats and cups and other toys floating around, or a baby crawling all over wanting to nurse simply because the girls are out. I lit candles, used essential oils, and soaked in hot tub for as long as I wanted. Luxury.
3. Complete jobs around the house. This one may sound contraindicated. But the jobs I did were small jobs that I have been wanting to get done for a long time. Like potting a new aloe plant, and hanging a piece of art on the wall, and organizing my home closet office. By the end of the first day, my entire house was tidy, and I was so in love with our space that I took pictures of every room. I’ll give you the tour in a future post.
4. Get bodywork, or give it to yourself. This one depends on what your budget looks like. If you have the bit of extra cash to let someone else heal your body, I highly recommend it. I opted for acupuncture (which is actually not my most favorite bodywork but I am starting it up again for reasons I’ll explain soon). Massage is my favorite. And while it is amazing to let someone else massage you, it is also amazing to give yourself a massage, here’s how to do it. I learned more about, and how to appreciate my body through my practice of self massage, than any other practice, even yoga.
5. Cook yourself a yummy meal, and eat it in silence. Silence is golden, at least it is for my ears lately. I love my little one’s constant babbling, and attempts at communication, but the sound of my own voice repeating words over and over and over again is a bit tiresome at times, especially when I am trying to chew. Eating a meal in silence, or with soft music playing is so lovely, and actually improves digestion.
That’s pretty much all that I did on this stay-cation. Here are some plans for my next one.
-A long hike alone
Even building some of these activities into your normal days, is a great way to practice self-care, and keep the well full. As a mama you most likely give your time and energy to several people, big and small. Make sure you take some of that time and energy back, and give it to yourself, even for just an hour, a day, or perhaps a luxurious two-day stay-cation.
Did you like this blog? Please share it with your mama friends, inspire and encourage each other to take care! And please, comment below on what your favorite stay-cation activity is or will be. <3