With so many travel plans canceled, it seems like almost everyone I know has been turning to simple road trips for their vacations.
Friends are visiting national parks, going camping, or getting rentals a few hours away to escape the same-old, same-old of life at home with kids.
Whether your travels take you far or near, there's one thing that remains the same: coming home from a trip is a DRAG.
Maybe you didn't catch up on sleep like you thought you would (just me?), or your kid screamed their head off in the car on the way back. Or maybe your toddler's suddenly taken to waking at 4:00am now that you're back home.
Well, we just had an amazing trip about an hour and a half outside our hometown, Seattle.
I noticed what helped me with re-entry into normal life and wanted to share the steps with you here!
Brave Self Care's
Essential Steps to Avoid Post-Vacation Blahs
1) Give yourself time to enjoy the photos and videos you took while away. Post to social media, share with a friend or just remind yourself of the memories you made. Enjoy the afterglow!
2) Bask in the joy a little longer. A reader, Cashew, writes, "On our drive home or at next meal together we each take turns sharing our favorite part of the trip. Even though we are all there together, we experience the trip differently so it’s wonderful to hear from everyone what they enjoyed most. And it helps us bask in the joy a little longer."
3) If you traveled with anyone else, send a text to thank them for a great time. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
4) Chill out a bit, then get those bags unpacked ASAP. Get everything out of suitcases by the time you go to bed (or within 24 hours of getting home). It's hard enough to be back without tripping over bags filled with damp swimsuits and dirty laundry.
5) Let your first meal back be easy and tasty. We used broth and frozen wontons we had on hand to make dinner. A bagged salad kit, mac 'n' cheese, or frozen pizza work, too.
6) Have something to look forward to when you get home. I had an anti-racism discussion on the calendar with my sister and dear friend the night we got back from our trip. It was so nice to be reunited!
Is there anything I missed from this list? Comment below and let me know!
P.S. When you're ready, there are 2 ways I can help you go from martyr mode to ready to change the world:
There are a lot of new folks here (yay!), so let me introduce myself as we’re getting to know each other.
One of my favorite things is helping moms who are doing all the things make their lives manageable, under control and even fun!
I’m Charissa Pomrehn and I coach moms with nonstop responsibilities who just need a break.
I help them make time for themselves, do things they love, and handle hard situations with confidence so they can become the kind of mom (and person) they’ve always wanted to be.
Here are a few fun facts about me:
1) I’m fourth generation Japanese American, but as a child I was obsessed with pioneers. I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books cover to cover, had my own stash of “old fashioned” dresses for dress-up with my younger sister, pretended to be on the Oregon Trail on the regular, homemaking in a log cabin, churning butter and roughing it until the next trip to the general store. #nerdalert
2) I started on the path to life coaching in kindergarten. I made my first best friend by walking up to her in P.E. class and asking if she wanted to be my friend. Since then, my love of creating deep relationships and making others feel safe to be themselves has only grown. For me, being a self care coach has grown directly from making that first friend on my own.
3) One of the superpowers I use most often as a mom is making dinner with random things in the fridge. Give me broccoli stems, bacon, almond meal, a cucumber, eggs and kimchi and I’ll turn out a killer spread! As a coach I'm committed to helping YOU make something amazing with what you've got, too.
I spend a lot of time on Instagram and would love to connect with you there! That’s where I share photos from my real life, self care tips on Stories, and (sometimes) poop jokes from my kids.
Your time is precious. Thanks so much for taking time to read. It's because of you that I keep at it, helping moms care for themselves as they care for others.
If you have 1 min to hit 'Comment' and let me know a fun fact about you, that would be great! I’ll be sure to respond personally.
To helping your everyday mom life feel amazing,
Brave Self Care
Coaching the lovely Eleshia Harris
30 days ago, I had no idea I'd be where I am today.
I was frozen, I was scared. I didn't think I had anything to add to the discussion on race.
I felt ashamed I hadn't shown up as an advocate for Black lives sooner.
But something changed.
(What exactly? Tell you below!)
As of yesterday, I've gotten to coach 6 Black moms on the house to help them make time for themselves, do things they love, and handle hard things with confidence.
These coaching sessions have been amazing - my clients called in from greater Seattle, Northern California, and the U.K.!
With my support they:
One mom told me, "I felt very comfortable talking to you, comfortable enough to say how I really was feeling. Being able to be transparent and hearing myself talk out loud is good."
As word spread that these sessions booked full, I started to get offers from followers to send me money to sponsor even more sessions for Black moms. (Thank you, Katie Hager, for making yesterday's session possible!)
Please celebrate with me!
If I can go from being frozen and ashamed to taking concrete steps toward caring for Black lives, I know you can too.
If the moms I coached can go from feeling overwhelmed to knowing what next step to take to feel calm, I know you can too.
If you want to drink your coffee while it's hot and feel like yourself again, I'm here to work with you when you're ready.
Thank you for making this amazing community what it is. It's an honor to serve you!
To becoming the kind of mom (and person) you want to be,
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