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More Tips for Military Families – #175

Create A Space – Tip #175

Make a place for yourself in your home, backyard, at work, in your community where you can go and find some time for yourself to be alone, to unwind, reflect on your day, week or month, take some time to enjoy some silence, or to feel connected with the ones that you love.  We live busy lives, being in a military family, and it is essential that you carve out a few minutes to yourself on a regular basis.  The only time you get shouldn’t be in your car rushing from one thing to another.  Make not just time for yourself but a space for yourself too.


* Make a comfortable space with cushions, chair, etc. – it needs to be a place you want to be in

* Put pictures or other special items that bring back happy memories or give you some comfort

* Keep the space organized so you don’t feel overwhelmed each time you use it

* Let people know how long you would like to have to yourself so that they do their best not to interupt you but know that there is an end time

* Put a quote book, favourite book or magazine, bible, etc. for you to read in the space so you don’t have to go looking for it and waste precious time

* Share your space with other family members (it doesn’t have to be exclusively yours except for a few minutes a day)

* Choose a time in the day when you are likely to be able to keep doing this consistently so that it becomes a part of your routine

For more information about our tips, resources or books go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org


4 Responses

  1. Hi I located your site by mistake when i searched Msn for this subject, I must express your blog is definitely helpful I also enjoy the theme, it is superb!

  2. I have hint for kids who live on bases or posts. I’m an adult now but when I was a military kid and had to move during the summer we couldn’t meet kids right away at school. What we all did was go house to house asking if they had any kids our age. This wouldn’t be safe off base but we found other kids and great summers! You have to be a little brave the first time you do this but it’s worth it. Take your mom or dad with you if you’re scared but you may have kids coming to your house asking for new friends. I love all military kids and think back on my chhidhood with happy memories.

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