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5 ways to squeeze in some alone time while on family vacation

MOTHERHOODSamantha Gordon2 Comments

Ok so here’s the honest truth. I love my family more than anything in the world, but I also need my time to be alone. Lots of it. Alone time means exactly that, being alone. Things as simple as laying out by the pool, having an extra few minutes to groom/pamper yourself, extra time in the bathroom without any interruptions (little people), etc. It’s different from “mommy/me time” (which is also very important), but “mommy/me time” implies a certain type of relaxation or indulgence. This new space (spiritually and mentally) that I’m in, honoring my needs come first. I need to breathe, I need to think, I need time alone. It’s very important to incorporate alone time in your self care routine. 

Here’s 5 ways you can squeeze in some alone time while on family vacation:

Take a long, hot bubble bath/shower

10 extra minutes in the shower/bubble bath is EVERYTHING! 

Schedule an evening to treat yourself 

This is something to look forward to. Dinner, shop, pamper yourself, alone. 

Lounge/lay out by the pool

Take advantage of your little love napping or during their bed time. Get you the most refreshing, prettiest cocktail and lay out. 

Give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing

Turn off all technology. Tune out the world, tune into self. 

Go for a walk/drive

This is a perfect way to clear your head and soak in some self-care practices. Practice mindfulness, physical fitness, breathing exercises, listen to music, etc. 

How to be a more joyful mom

MOTHERHOODSamantha Gordon2 Comments

Happy mama, happy everything, right? Life is awesome  and I’m so very thankful! Like many mamas, I have my days too, where my energy is a bit off. I’m sharing with you how I shift my aura. Keep in mind that you set the tone and your little loves feed off your energy. 

My 7 tips for being a more joyful mommy 

Love on your little love 

Not only does this serve as a great bonding moment, but it boosts everyone’s joy and happiness. 

Smile + find humor 

It costs you zero dollars to smile. With your little ones around, I’m sure there are tons of silly/fun moments. Enjoy the little things. 

Stop yelling

What does yelling do? Make you more frustrated and agitated. Take a 5…or 10 to regroup. This also includes complaining. 

Surround yourself with positive energy 

Greenery/outdoors instantly give me the boost I need. Take a walk during the day to soak up the natural sunlight. Meet up with a friend to have good drinks and good laughs. 

Take care of your body in every way

When you take care of your body, you look good and you feel good. 

Shift your perspective 

Look at your situation through a different lens. Identify what’s positive in your situation. 

Clean your home + place of work 

A fresh home and workplace, ahh there’s nothing like it. The energy is different when things are organized and clean. Fun fact: clean homes and organized spaces are proven to improve your happiness, improve exercise and eating habits, and even reduce any stress.