Alone time is incredibly important to one’s own mental state, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you never have any alone down time, your mind never rests! But when you are living with your spouse, partner, and/or children, finding the time to be alone with some quiet time of your own can be very difficult. Most of us don’t have an extra room in the house that can be transformed into private space for anyone, but in our case we are very lucky – we have an extra bedroom that has been used to store recyclables and the vacuum cleaner since December. We have our bedroom and I have my home office, and that third bedroom has been sitting unused…until now.
See, I work from home every day of the week. I never have to go to the office, unless you consider the local coffee place my “office” that I visit once in a while. I have plenty of time to myself in our home, as I have the run of the place Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm when my wife gets home. I have plenty of space to breathe, to spend quiet time, to be alone…and my wife doesn’t. She gets home, I am here. She wakes up, I am here. Weekends? Well, we are both here. And humans need alone time once in a while! So, in order to give my wife some private time and some space, I am creating what I am calling “Amy’s Living Room” in our third bedroom. The room will be quite cozy – it will be carpeted (our house has concrete floors), have her desk, a few comfortable chairs and lamps, a small TV, and some of her favorite artwork. This will be her own space for when she wants to get away from it all (and me 🙂 ) and have some private alone time. It’s tough to find that time when your significant other works from home every day, so this room will serve a great purpose for her. Once I have it done, I will post a picture or two of her new “living room”.
Do you get any alone time? If so, how? If not, why not? If you can, I would really suggest you make an effort to have some quiet time by yourself at least a few times a week. It’s good for your health and sanity!