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Handling Burn Out: How To Plan A Staycation

Okay Moms. I know we all get a little (or a lot) burnt out from time to time, so I’m going to share with you my secret to staying sane. Going on a staycation! If you don’t know what it is, here’s the official definition:

stay·ca·tion
/ˌstāˈkāSHn/
noun | INFORMAL

A vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

Oxford Dictionary

Or you could use my personal definition: “Taking a break from your kids for a weekend so you don’t go insane, but staying close enough that you can check in whenever you want because you know you’re going to miss them too much.”

Taking time to relax with your spouse, alone is sometimes all you need to refresh your relationship and prevent burnout. After having two kids, I realized that I got burnt out pretty quick and would need a break from time to time. We started doing staycations, using Airbnb, for my birthday this year and realized it was exactly what we needed. Planning a staycation is the perfect way to take a break without having to break your bank or leave your children for too long!

Here’s How To Plan A Staycation

Find a Babysitter

Before doing anything else, make sure that you have someone who you can trust to watch your children. A family member, friend or even a hired babysitter who you know is responsible. My mom is a super hero when it comes to handling children so she is always my go-to when I need someone to watch Atlas & Axel for a day or even overnight! It is very important, especially the first time you are leaving your children, to have someone that they can trust as well and who can follow your routines you have set for them!

Set a Date

Once you’ve picked your babysitter, its time to choose a date for your staycation. I recommend picking a date after you’ve established your trusted person so that you can find a date that works for both of you. When I start to feel like I need a short break from the chaos of motherhood, I reach out to my mom and let her know so that we can find a date that works with her schedule too.

Pick a Location

Picking a location is last on my list because I don’t really care where Im going, as long as I’m not very far away and I can get a break. We used Airbnb services to find a place but there are many other things you can do such as booking a hotel in your area, going to a resort or renting a cottage.

Relax

The final step to your staycation. Relaxing. After packing your bags and dropping off the kids, you can finally head out to enjoy your staycation. You could find something adventurous in the area that you’d like to try out. You could look for attractions or good food. My favourite thing to do though is just stay in and do nothing. Motherhood makes me feel like Im always on the go. I love it, but it’s also really nice to just catch up on sleep or cuddle!

Now that you know the basics of planning a staycation, what do you plan on doing on yours? Let me know in the comments!

Check out my post 30 Days Of Self-Care For The Stay At Home Mom for more tips on how to prevent burn out!

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