By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
I have a group of girlfriends I’ve known since high school. We used to go out on the town together, but now that we are all busy working moms, we’ve become lunch buddies. We gather around a picnic table with sack lunches and kids in tow every Friday afternoon. Friday is ladies lunch out. How I look forward to Fridays.
Ladies lunch out has become a lifeline full of laughter and fun for all of us. We enjoy the food and fresh air. Our kids run and play together, while the mommy crowd catches up with the ins and outs of daily life. I always return home refreshed with my children ready for a long nap.
I’m fortunate to have close friends nearby and available during the week. If that’s not the case in your situation, there are other opportunities available to help take the edge off of work-at-home isolation. If you have kids in the house, check for a local moms club. Moms Club International has over 2,000 chapters in the US. There is a small annual fee to join, but it is well worth the investment. My local chapter has been a great source of support. You can find them on the web at www.momsclub.org.
Book clubs are great, if you enjoy reading. Between the trips to the library or bookstore, and the meetings themselves, you’ll have plenty of excuses to get out of the house. I recommend finding a casual club, so you won’t feel pressured to finish the book. The goal here is relaxation, so leave the stress in the office.
If you like to exercise a membership to a local gym is a fantastic way to reduce stress, stay healthy and meet new people. The club I attend is very flexible. I enjoy the company of the women in my classes, and there are classes available just about anytime you could imagine. No matter what you choose to do, get out and socialize on a regular basis. It is sure to leave you happier and more productive in the long run.