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Quiet time for Mom
This guest post by GeorgeTown,MN… a blogger, wife and Mom to four little ones…
Take it away, Virginia…
I’m no stranger to burnout. Four kids 7 and under with a husband who is often elsewhere is kind of a recipe for exhaustion.
The other night I told ‘Handsome’ to figure out dinner because I needed to get out. I intended on leaving but between him working late and road construction he was home too late. Instead of leaving I stayed in, but away.
Sometimes 10 min is enough to recharge you, other times a few hours are necessary. Whatever your needs, here are a few ideas for getting “out” while staying home. Some ideas are reader suggestions from my Facebook page.
- Close the door. The atmosphere of my bedroom changes drastically if the door is open. When getting peace and quiet is your goal, even for a few minutes, close the door. It helps with the illusion that you’re alone.
- Quick bath. It’s amazing how refreshing and energizing a quick bath can be. 10 minutes during naptime can turn an upside down day right side up.
- Soak your feet. Get a cold beverage, a big container of warm water, and a cold beverage. Close your eyes, play some music, and relax.
- Stolen moments. Once in awhile I steal 5 or 10 minutes in my room to check Facebook or text a friend. Or I take an extra long “bathroom break”. Sometimes those 5 or 10 minutes to reconnect with the world outside my walls is what I need to feel human.
- Secret chocolate.
As parents or caretakers we give, give, give. Keep a small stash of treats or make yourself a special snack, then refuse to share it. A cup of tea, a piece of chocolate, an entire apple. All to yourself.
What things do you do to recharge yourself without going anywhere?
A little bit about Virginia… I am a mother to 4, and wife to an amazing man. I love knitting, sewing, and (usually) cooking. I’ve put my family on a path to more sustainable living and a nourishing diet and am enjoying the ride.