It's winter in Baltimore. Bitter cold mornings greet you as you start your day. The commute is made longer and more difficult by bad weather, and that's after you clear the snow and ice off the car. The sky is slate gray, and on those few days the sun does come out, it doesn't matter because it's dark before you get home anyway.
The kids are stuck inside most of the time, and on those few occasions when they are able to go out, you get the extra added bonus of a pile of wet clothes, boots, hats and gloves.
You find the routine of getting the kids to school, going to work, coming home, fixing dinner, doing laundry and helping with homework to be especially exhausting. Factor in sibling rivalry, a sick cat and a plumbing problem, and you've got a real situation on your hands.
Admit it: as much as you love your family, aren't there times when you just want to go away by yourself? Imagine spending a weekend on a tropical island - alone - sunning yourself on the beach, reading a book. No meals to cook, nothing to wash or clean, and no need to play referee while driving kids to practice or piano lessons.
If you have the opportunity, as well as a spouse or family member willing to help out in your absence, talk to a travel agent to find the perfect getaway. Royal Travel Planners in Baltimore or Accent on Travel in Towson are two local options.
Not all of us can take real vacations alone, but working women can still manage to take mini-vacations. It's important to have that time to yourself in order to replenish your spirit, energize and re-charge your batteries. When you feel rested, you'll be a better mother, wife, and employee (or boss).
Don't feel guilty about needing some time alone. Simply plan ahead. For example, tell the people in your life that you need to take Sunday afternoon for yourself. Read a book, take a nap, go window shopping or visit a friend.
And if you can arrange a girls weekend away, go for it! Make it an annual event. Try a day-trip destination like St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore. Shop in town and spend an afternoon getting your hair and nails done at Serendipity Salon. Indulge yourself with a weekend at the Inn at Perry Cabin and be pampered at their fabulous Linden Spa. Or, plan a golf weekend this spring at Harbourtowne Golf Resort. That will give you something to look forward to!
Working mothers try so hard to meet everyone's needs that they tend to deny or overlook their own. This is a mistake that can have serious consequences. Stress can cause illnesses and have long-term effects. Take care of yourself, and you'll be happier and healthier.