When things get busy and chaotic at home, it’s natural to want to escape from everyone for a little peace and quiet.
In fact, taking back your personal space is healthy, and something you should do every now and then – not just to recharge your energy, but also to reclaim your sense of self.
Here are ways to “escape” within yourself, while still being with your family.
There’s no reason to feel guilty about wanting or needing personal space away from your hubby and kids.
When you feel that you have to ‘be there’ for others all the time, you tend to put yourself last, or neglect yourself altogether, and this isn’t healthy in the long run. Can’t deal? Learn to say “Not today.”
NEXT: Find activities for your kids to engage in →
If their hands and minds are kept busy, they won’t distract you or demand your attention as much.
That way, you can still have your “me” time without being away from your kids.
NEXT: Have a shared family area →
This is a space in which you, your partner, and your kids can do different activities, while being together.
Dedicate special spots in this area to different members of the family. For instance, a play corner for your kids, an armchair for you, and a recliner for your partner.
NEXT: Set aside time to stay in this space →
And that means having your own space, too. Make this space comfortable for yourself. If having personal space to you means getting the chance to read, then stash your books in this area, so you’ll start to see it as a retreat.
Reassure your kids that you’ll come back to them after, say, 30 minutes.
NEXT: Redefine being by yourself →
Accept the notion that you can be “by yourself” even when your kids and partner are around you.
See also: 8 Best Things To Do ALONE In Singapore
NEXT: Don’t feel bad →
By Young Parents, November 2016
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