Do You Have a Time Out Chair?

Perhaps you should…

As moms we tend to take care of everyone but ourselves. We talk about this a few times in February’s Homemaker’s Hutch issue, but right now we wanted to share a quick and practical idea to make sure you get some much needed “Me-Time”. Also check out

Do you have a time out chair for yourself?

No, we’re not talking about a hard wooden stool sitting in the corner that you have to go sit on if you’ve been a bad mom. We’re talking about a comfy overstuffed chair, or a spot on the couch you can curl up on and take a little family time out from time to time.

Keep a stack of your favorite magazines next it, or the book you’re reading right now. If you like scented candles, keep one of those around as well along with a nice pillow and a little blanket to throw over your legs during the cold months. Brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea and pour it into your favorite mug.

Now comes the important part ….

Take at least 15 minute every single day to sit and relax in your time out chair.

It doesn’t matter that the laundry isn’t done and put away yet, or that you really should be reorganizing your kids’ closets. Consider that sometimes your sanity must win out over the mounds of laundry and dishes.  YOU need your attention, too.

It can wait.

Create a little peaceful haven for yourself and spend a little time in it.

Sit down and catch up on your favorite tv show or podcast. If you’re the crafty kind, have your knitting, crochet or cross stitch next to you.

Note from Tracy : I like to sit down with a good book, a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea and sit outside when the weather is nice. (I live in Florida. I can do this more often than Susanne can. ;-))

You should do whatever you like to do to relax for a few minutes.  Need a nap.  Take one.  Need to talk.  Call a friend.  Whatever you do take the time to take care of you – you deserve it.

Besides, I’m sure there have been studies that show spending even just a little time taking care of yourself each day will keep you grounded and make you a better wife and mom throughout the rest of the day.

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