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Finding time for yourself is so important that it can actually make all the difference in the world for you and your family members. Even if it means carving out "couch time" for yourself in the middle of the hubbub of daily activities, so be it. You don't necessarily have to have a "girl's night out" or a dinner and a show to feel rejuvenated. In fact, for many of us, the costs associated with those activities plus a sitter can make us more riddled with anxiety than if we'd just stayed home and make hamburgers.
So sitting, just sitting, even if it's only for half an hour, is wonderful and important. Have a cup of tea and read a book.
Take a nap.
Watch a favorite television show or movie.
Listen to your music, not anyone else's.
Read a letter.
The point is, even if your children are skittering about and the animals are jumping all over you, sit down, stay down and enjoy yourself for a brief respite before getting up again to pay the bills, sweep the floor and boil the heck out of some broccoli.
In our culture we tend to go to such extremes that we think we're put upon if we don't get a vacation to Greece, yet just taking a few moments of peace can be a lot more realistic, affordable and refreshing.
While we may deserve some really exotic treat, it's more helpful to know you can escape regularly just to a nice cozy spot on the couch.
Your family members can respect this as well, leaving you time to rest and recharge, talking with you but knowing it is not the time to demand things of you.
Make it a regular part of your routine and you'll all be happier you did.
Aimee Boyle boils potatoes but is not a couch potato while she does enjoy her time on the couch. She contributes regularly to EmpowHER.