Last week, Ryan and I spent a few days at Folly Beach with my in-laws and brother-in-law, and it was so relaxing! If you didn’t already know this about me, I LOVE the beach. I always say that I am most myself when I’m at the beach because I don’t worry about straightening my hair or wearing any makeup. I love that feeling at the end of a day when you’re slightly sunburned (or just sun-soaked), and you’re lying in bed, still feeling the up and down motion of the waves as you fall asleep. Does anybody else love that feeling or is it just me?
Our little weekend getaway was exactly what I needed to de-stress from everyday life. I sat in a chair on the beach and read without thinking about the dishwasher that needs to be unloaded or the basket of laundry that needs to be folded. Another fact you probably should know about me is that I have a really hard time relaxing at home if I know that the bathrooms need to be cleaned or floors need to be swept. I wish I could be a little lazier sometimes (which sounds weird to say, I know), but I just struggle with it. Just ask my husband!
Being away from all the cares of our day-to-day life, even if just for a few days, was exactly what both Ryan and I needed. We were able to enjoy some quality family time, AND we got to take Goose & Poppy (who both had a BLAST living the full-time beach life). I felt so relaxed after our trip that I told Ryan we need to take weekend trips at least once every few months from now on, simply for the sake of our mental health. It’s just too easy to get caught up in the monotony of the 9-5 work day, and I think a weekend away is a good reset for us. We’re already talking about where we could go next, even if it’s just a quick trip up the coast to Surfside Beach or down to Beaufort.
If you struggle with stress-management or maybe you’re like me and find it difficult to relax, consider a quick getaway. Even if you can’t take an entire weekend away, what about a day trip? What about just a few hours away from your normal everyday routines?
A lot of people talk about self-care these days, but I think it gets a little watered down sometimes. Yes, taking a bubble bath or applying a face mask can be great at the end of a long day, but if you’re under a lot of stress, try to get away for a minute. When I was a kid, my mom used to get stressed and say she “felt like running away”, and I never really understood what she meant until I got a little older. Now I, too, feel like “running away” from time to time.
So tell me—if you were going to get away for a quick weekend, where would you go?