Confession time: sometimes this mom seriously needs a break. With five kids, however, it's ridiculously hard to find some alone time. So when I'm close to losing my sh*t I go to the one place where I can find some peace, quiet, and snacks: the bathroom. Yep, the bathroom, and I know I'm not alone because there are things every mom is really doing when she's alone in the bathroom. For real.
Now, before you say, "Gross, how can you hang out in the bathroom?" remember the undeniable fact that, if you have children, every every room of your house is gross. In fact, I clean my bathroom pretty regularly, so it's quite possibly the cleanest room in my house. Plus, it's the only room in the house where I can eat chocolate without having to share it with my kids.
Another bonus to bathroom alone time is that my kids have been somewhat conditioned to respect people's privacy when they are in there. Now, I'm not saying that they don't occasionally burst through the door like the Kool-Aid man, or knock incessantly, while repeating, "Mom, are you in there?" But, generally, at least for a few minutes, I can enjoy my sanctuary. While I'm there I can play on my phone, check in with my friends on Facebook, eat something without having to share, or drink an entire cup of coffee before it gets cold (think about that for a moment). Mostly, I just enjoy moments of alone time to put on makeup, do my hair, and escape the constant chatter.
So for a little self-care, and to manage my mental health, I escape to the bathroom. I highly recommend you give it a try, and do some of the following things while you're in there: