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How to Take a Microbreak

Need to just get away from it all? Here’s how to do it right in your own home.


Any busy mom will tell you: Me-time is a rare and precious gift, and you have to take it whenever and wherever you can get it—even if that means stealing away for a little retreat right in your own home. (Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.) Deploy these strategies next time you need a little time for you.

Repeat after us: The bathroom is a spa. If you don’t have the time or funds for a real massage and facial day, create the next best thing at home. After putting your kids to bed, add bath bombs and fresh flower petals (or old-fashioned sudsy bubbles) to your tub, light a candle, and let the stress of the day melt away. Or do a DIY facial—complete with face mask and a steamed-up room to clear your pores. Cap it off with some cucumber slices in bed to soothe your tired eyes. Just don’t forget the most important ingredient: a locked door. 

Take staycation really (really) literally. While the kids nap or watch a movie, press “pause” on your never-ending to-do list. Sneak out to your backyard or bedroom with the books and magazines you’ve been meaning to read for the last six months, or curl up with that show on Netflix that you’re majorly late to and binge on a few episodes. The chaos outside your little nook will feel a million miles away. 

Banish your family. Or, to put it more kindly, politely ask your partner, relative, or best friend to take your kids for a walk/grocery run/anywhere but home. A quiet house will feel like a brand-new house, even if it’s just for half an hour. Or go for a spin around the block by yourself to take a breather of your own. 


Drown out the noise. Beeping toys, shrieking kids, blaring cartoons: It’s enough to drive a lady crazy. Pop in some wireless headphones, and while you do laundry/dishes/cooking, listen to a new podcast or audiobook. It will transport you to another world entirely—one where the word “MOOOOMMMMM!!!!” isn’t being shouted ad nauseum. 

Take turns. If you’re lucky enough to have a partner who shares in childcare and household duties, schedule specific times each week when one of you is in charge of “babysitting” the kids for an hour or two while the other gets to tap out and go to the gym, indulge in a peaceful solo lunch, or partake in a rare nap. You’ll each come back happier. 

Hide. When all else fails and you’re longing for, at the very least, a few minutes of me-time, simply retreat into one of your kids’ bedrooms, lie down, and become one with Facebook until someone catches on and finds you.