It’s almost becoming cliché when people say motherhood is a tough job. Undoubtedly, it is and probably explains why 28% of mothers are more likely to experience burnout. Although some women have found ways to cope with the tough parenting role, it never seems enough. If you feel that way, perhaps, now is the time to review your relaxation activities, if you have any at all. Having a mom’s night out is a great way to relieve stress, get back to what you do best, and look forward to the next night out. Here are some ideas.
- Form a book club to boost reading habits
Admittedly, not everyone developed an interest in reading. However, whether you do or not, forming a reading club with your mom’s group creates an outlet to have purposeful conversations. Over the years, reading experts say this activity de-stresses the mind and unwinds the body in general. You may be worried about not having enough time to join a book club and commit to reading an entire book. Thankfully, there are ways to go about this.
The mom group can commit to reading a chapter (or more) to have something to discuss at the next outing. All should agree on the book of choice to make it more interesting. That way, everyone would feel responsible and committed to sharing their opinions when the time comes. Those who do not have a reading habit will give them more reason to be part of the group. Furthermore, the club can alternate meeting locations to avoid turning it into a boring activity. There is a perception that moms’ night-out activities are filled with wild, unproductive frolics. On the contrary, they can be productive stress relievers just by discussing candid and unopposed opinions about exciting books.
- Schedule fun photo sessions
As a mom, you probably stand behind the camera all too often, taking shots of your kids. How about turning the lens on yourself once in a while? This can be a great idea for the group on one of your nights out. While photo sessions can be boring, you can spice things up by choosing themes like Hollywood glamor and dressing up in hippy 1970s fashion.
The themes are countless, and you can explore the ones that appeal the most to the group. It gives each member something to look forward to. Turning the camera on allows everyone to de-stress, have fun, and forget about parenting struggles, even if it’s just for a few hours. With the help of technology, these pictures can be printed or stored on shared platforms that everyone can access.
- Pull out the game board
For a more relaxed night out, consider meeting your friends in a quieter social setting for a night of games. The exciting part of it all is that it can be any kind of game the group prefers. For example, some ideas include charades, jumble solver, cards, and an adult-centric board game. These activities will add a good level of excitement to your outings. The more varied the games, the more fun you will all have. It is also an opportunity for every group member to get creative with ideas.