Take a Break

Create Your Own Escape Space

Last updated: Apr 21, 2011

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One great way to build more "me time" into your schedule is to create a personal space in your home, just for you.

It could be a whole spare bedroom (think man cave . . . or girl cave!) or a desk and comfy chair in a corner. Decorate your "me zone" with meaningful mementos, a comfy quilt, your favorite photos.

Having your own personal retreat ensures you'll be more likely to head there to do something just for yourself -- watch a DVD, talk by Skype with an old high school pal, run through some yoga moves, take a power nap. Ask others in the house to respect your privacy when you're in your personal space. (It doesn't always work, but it never hurts to ask!)

When you can't get to a special space and you're feeling overwhelmed, remember that you can clear a "me zone" in your head. Close your eyes and take a few calming deep breaths. (Some people find it helpful to retreat to the bathroom to get this kind of privacy.) Or do a "mind sweep": Jot down all the things troubling you (conflicts, to-do items); the simple act of making a list releases some of the tension and helps you prioritize.

-- Paula Spencer Scott