I love summer. After months of being cooped up you can finally get outside, relax, take it easy with a cool drink, and enjoy the hot summer sun. But other days you’re all hot and sticky and the days are long and kids are arguing and AHHHH! SERENITY NOW!
Hey girl, deep breath.
Here are six simple tips on how to take a timeout. A mom time out.
1) Find a spot.
Lock yourself in the bathroom if you want, I won’t judge. But you don’t need to sit facing a corner nor do you need a mom cave:
Find a spot near your little ones and step back into the next room. Go out in the yard and step back a hundred or so steps. Be far enough where you can think without little voices interrupting you, but close enough to listen when they need you.
2) Get a yummy drink
I love iced tea but sometimes I want something right now instead of, oh I don’t know, a few hours after I needed to start making it? I resisted a Keurig as long as I could but now that I have one, it’s been sooo nice. And fast. Perfect for a quick timeout so that no one realizes you’re making something yummy and wants one too.
Pick your flavor. (Okay, maybe this process is trickier than I let on… #indecisivemuch?) These Lipton K-Cups come in Lemonade Iced Tea, Unsweetened Iced Tea, and Refresh Sweet Tea.
Fill a cup with ice, put the cup in, and press a button. BAM! No squeezing lemons, brewing tea, or figuring out how to sweeten it without getting big clumps.
Then make that drink fancy. Use your favorite cup and add a pretty straw, an umbrella, some fruit or mint, or maybe even googly eyes.
3.) Sit Down
Pretend that you have magic powers. Focus in on you and blur out all the background noise (kinda similar to how my camera lens ignored the laundry and messy table). Just sit for a few minutes. Think, or don’t think, and sip. Breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy this moment while someone is not tattling.
And now that you’re recharged? Go do something.
4) Make Something
I love to create stuff. Even just dipping something into paint can be enough to satisify the craving. My kids have been into making stamps out of fruits and veggies, so I made some stamp art of my own.
Here’s how: take a K-cup, open it up with a knife, empty, wash, and dry it. Squeeze some paint onto scrap paper, dip your cup into the paint, twist, and stamp.
Then, QUICK! Clean it all up before someone comes over and says “I WANT TO PAINT, TOO!!!!”
5. Get Something Done
I’m not trying to trick you with this one, I promise. But sometimes we spend more time putting off tasks than the time it take to do them! (I’m guilty.)
Throw in a load of laundry, set a 15 minute timer and do some dishes, or declutter a drawer or two in your dresser. You’ll feel so much better.
6. Savor Things a Bit
Turn on a movie or bring out the train tracks and legos. Take a shower, turn on some music, read a good book, or my favorite, snuggle up with a kid book and some kids. Click to print out this list of things help you have a better day (or click the image below) and actually do some of the things!
Taking a time out for yourself this summer doesn’t have to be about being alone, it just means taking time to sloooooow down, re-focus, and take a step back from the busy world swirling around us.
How do you take a timeout to recharge?
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