1. Do I keep them from a 4-hour drive so I don't have to worry? Do I ruin their fun because of my temporary anxiety.
2. Do I let them go, deal with my temporary anxiety (until I know they have arrived safely) and get to enjoy a much needed quiet weekend.
Let's face it, most of us don't get a lot of time away from our mom and wife roles. It doesn't matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, we are always thinking/planning something concerning our children, meals, school, sports, if little Timmy has out grown his underwear, or socks, or shoes. We are dealing with all these different things, all while dealing with our kids questions, arguments, homework, needs for attention, while making dinner. On top of also dealing with our husbands needs. Keeping all this stuff straight can make us crazy. Literally. I am not complaining, this is part of the life I chose, it comes with the territory and I wouldn't change it for the world. I love my family. I also love my sanity, which mean I also need to take care of me. So do you.
- Boundaries. This is huge, we teach people how to treat us. We spend so much time valuing everyone else, we need to make sure they know we also value ourselves.
- Self-care makes us better moms. If we never take care of ourselves, resentment tends to build.
- Builds confidence.
- Helps with stress reduction.
- Gives us a much needed outlet for hobbies, passions, friends.
- Sitting alone, for me, is so calming to the soul. Then again I am an introvert. I love the sound of quiet.