5 Ways to Get Alone Time When You’re Surrounded by Family
Just breathe...and go to the supermarket
Listen, we love our family a lot. But when we’re around them for extended periods of time (ahem, the holidays), things can get a little stressful. When that happens, we employ the following five strategies for carving out a little alone time.
Make a Run to the Grocery Store
Are you running low on milk? How about that weird liqueur your great aunt insists on drinking every year? Even if it’s not crucial that you replace a supply that’s running low, do it. Just be aware that lines are extra long during the holidays, so it might take a while…not necessarily a bad thing.
Take Short Meditation Breaks
Lots of apps, like Headspace, offer mini meditations as short as five minutes, meaning you can totally sneak off undetected and get in some deep breathing and positive thoughts.
Take the Dog(s) For a Walk
Sure, this one only works if you or the person you’re staying with has a dog, but if that’s the case, a long, meandering walk with Rufus is a terrific way to escape a bustling house for a bit. Plus, the little guy needs the extra exercise what with all the pie scraps falling on the floor.
Offer to Wash Dishes
Similar to walking the dog, offering to clean up after dinner is great for two reasons: one, you get to spend some time on your own, and two, you’ll earn major brownie points for lending a hand.
Fake a Phone Call
OK, so this isn’t the noblest point on the list, but in case of emergency, you totally have our permission to download and use Fake Call Free. This free app makes your phone ring on demand, meaning your “boss” could be calling about an “important work matter” just as Uncle Tim starts talking about the election.