5 Tips on How to Successfully Get Through a Trip Without Your Kids Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedin Are you busy? Do you work in addition to raising children? Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in 10 different directions? ( I feel like this all the time) Do you travel for work? Then keep reading… Being a mom is hard. On top of what is what many of us would call our most important job (being a mom)– There are lots and lots of other important responsibilities we have as the matriarch of the family. And these responsibilities really can’t get thrown to the wayside or the whole house becomes off balance. I know you know what I’m talking about! So, let’s get real. I get asked all.the.time. How I do what I do, how do I get it all done? How do I run a successful business, write a blog, work from home, be a hands-on mom, take care of my husband; etc… And the truth is, it’s taken me a long time to mentally get to this place. After years of trying to balance work/life/family and “me” I’ve just learned how to be honest with myself. I’ve finally given myself permission to focus on my business when it needs focus and on myself when I need some TLC. Don’t get me wrong. I still struggle with the same things you do. I have trouble with time management, and the infamous “mom-guilt”. That’s always been a big one for me. Then But, a few months ago I had to take a big trip with my husband to Mexico City, where he was going to undergo a treatment. I had massive anxiety about leaving our girls. Partly because I was scared to leave the country, and deal with any possible medical implications, and partly because I simply didn’t want to leave my kids! I remember sitting in my therapist’s office upset about the upcoming trip and she gave me such good advice…She told me, I had to accept what I had to do. Just accept it, and know that you are going to be where you are supposed to be. In that moment in time in my life, it was my duty to be a partner, take him on this trip, and care for him. And that was just what I did. Any time I felt upset, or had anxiety, I would go back to that thought– that it was my calling to be in Mexico in that hospital or hotel room at that moment, and to accept it How to Apply This in Other Situations So back to the beginning of this post lol! You are Super Woman who works, raises kids, and may have to travel and leave your family from time to time right? I know how nerve-racking leaving the kids can be especially when you are leaving for something other than a spa vacation with your best girlfriends! In about a week, I have to leave for our big company convention in Las Vegas. This year I will be training and speaking there, so I have to leave a day early to rehearse. All in all, I’ll be gone for 5 days, and my husband will be meeting me out there. I’m going to tell you how I get through time away from my kids, not feel guilty, and enjoy myself! My 5 Tips on How to Mentally Handle a Trip Away From Your Kids 1. Accept that you are supposed to be going on this trip Attending this trip is as much of a responsibility as picking your kids up from school. You owe it to yourself, and to your business (if it’s a business trip) to be there. 2. Enjoy yourself as much as you can Something I’ve really been focused on over the past year is to live in the moment. I know it may sound cliche, but we have one life. It just makes sense to be positive and upbeat in any situation. Be present on your business trip, and make the best of it! 3. Schedule some time just for you Even if you are away for work, or something other than your kids, you deserve some time devoted to YOU! Schedule something in your calendar that you can enjoy. Whether it’s a workout, yoga, manicure, shopping, or even sight-seeing, make sure you do something special for yourself:) 4. Anytime you start to feel that dreaded “mom-guilt” Remember that you are where you are supposed to be at any given time. Guilt is a complete waste of energy, and won’t get you anywhere. 5. Get something special for your kids on the trip I love picking fun things out for the girls when I’ve traveled for work or anywhere for that matter without them. I want them to know that I thought of them while I was away, and I want them to expect something “fun” from a different place from me when I return home. I love getting them “souvenirs” specific from the place we visited. They love surprises! Make sure to tune into my FB live to get my 3 bonus tips!! Rachael Braunshweiger The voice behind Guts & Gloss, Rachael is on a mission to share everything she’s learned about having guts, taking risks, turning obstacles into opportunity — and living with style (of course)!