How many of you would DO ANYTHING to get away for 24 hours to pamper yourself, relinquish all responsibilities and sleep soundly? I think most Mom’s would say yes at the top of their lungs. This is exactly what I did yesterday and last night! I went down to The Ritz Carlton here in Denver, got a Hot stone massage, ordered room service from the amazing Elway’s restaurant, took a hot bath, and felt absolutely no guilt about doing it. As a Mom who juggles a lot between work, family, kids activities, managing the home and more, I was completely depleted. I knew that it was time to renew my spirit, fill up my tank and clear my head. Thankfully I have an amazing husband who sees firsthand the benefit of nurturing myself, so he sent me on my way without any hesitancy. OK…maybe a little hesitancy, but he obliged:)
I think ALL mom’s deserve some r&r every now and then. Unfortunately most women feel so guilty about taking time for themselves, or doing something nurturing just for them, that they brush it aside. Over time, they feel lethargic, unhappy, stressed, annoyed at the world and more. Trust me, I’ve been there many times~ But I have also gotten pretty good over the years of recognizing when my tank is completely empty and doing something about it.
I literally felt the stress peel away the second I walked into my room at The Ritz. There was calming music playing on the television and it just melted the tension. I then walked to the Spa and enjoyed some hot tea while waiting for my therapist. Here is a glimpse of the waiting area.
I would love nothing more than to inspire all mom’s to take a mom vacation every now and then! Whether it is for a couple of hours, an evening, or even a couple of days, you deserve it. Between doing everything for everyone else and constantly putting yourself at the bottom of the totem pole, it takes it toll over time. How guilty would you feel if you got away by yourself? Do you have a support system that would help you? Maybe start with small acts of kindness toward yourself and work your way up.
I already told my husband I will be doing this again, maybe not next week or next month, but I will definitely pencil something in down the road. I am just one of those people who thrive on alone time, so I always look forward to escaping every now and then. I would love to hear your comments if you have taken mom escapes before and if you have a hard time letting the guilt go. Just remember that you have the most challenging job of all and it is OK to treat yourself with kindness just like you would your kids. I guarantee you will be a better mom, wife and friend because of it.
If there is a Ritz Carlton in your town, I would HIGHLY recommend splurging on yourself. Start saving a little here and there and before you know it you can head down there and enjoy a little pampering.
Good luck everyone! Back home to reality~
Disclaimer: The Ritz provided accommodations for my trip, however all opinions are my own.