Ever want to escape?
Has that feeling of escape ever been so strong that you were willing to try anything in arms reach to get an immediate result?
Living day in and day out in such predictability that you can forsee each dull moment before they happen becomes more than you can bare. Suddenly, you realize as you sit on the couch with your 8 year old, watching yet another Disney Channel episode of the most mind-numbing television, that there might be something you can do right now to escape.
When desperate times call for desperate measures, here are 5 escape plans you can try today that are free or realatively cheap:
1. Build a fort:
And get in it. Make sure you use lots of blankets to block out anything that you can see in your normal view of your house and its mess. Bring in your tablet or a good book, some snacks, some nice fluffy pillows and hopefully you saved your favorite blanket to snuggle up with. For a few moments this should feel like you are in geodesic dome in the Swiss Alps. Yes, you should be drinking wine, it will help open up the imagination.
2. Get to the woods:
Again, get in. You want to get far enough into the wooded area that you can’t see any houses nearby, and if you can get down near the creek, even better. This might be an area in your back yard. I’m lucky enought that I have a creek that I can get down into, so when I look around I can’t see the houses. In particular, my weird neighbor. God, I hope he never sees this. The idea is blocking out the everyday view so you are not reminded of his strange antics. It tricks your brain into thinking you are somewhere else.
3. Clean your room:
Try cleaning your bedroom or another room that you don’t frequent often. Make the bed or clear off a space that you can sit, relax, or take a nap. Then declutter table tops, and get the stuff off the floor. Let the light in and open any curtains or shades. Try diffusing some essentail oils or use a room spray, or crack a window for some fresh air. Play some relaxing music and get comfortable in your space. Read a book, take a nap, or just close your eyes and be in the moment. I really hope you didn’t leave that bottle of wine in the fort… your 8 year old might be drinking it… I know, I’m ruining the moment.
4. Turn your bathroom into a spa:
You might have this in the house already: a pedicure kit. If not, see what you can piece together or take a trip over to the Dollar Store. You’ll need a foot exfoliant, a pumice stone, some clippers, and a nice peppermint lotion. No, this will not be in your husband’s tool box. No, you cannot use sandpaper in place of the pumice. Get out of there! I grab towels and sit on the edge of the tub, draw a warm bath enough for my feet to be covered and when I’m ready I use the products. Bring in your music and diffuser to make it even more spa-like.
5. Become your own gourmet chef:
This make take a bit of money and effort, but if you are a foodie and you like to cook this could pay off in the escape plan. You could get the kids involved in this too. Set up the dining room or the kitchen as a restaurant. Choose something everyone loves and add a fancy twist by using fresh herbs. Don’t like to cook? Order take out. Bring it home and serve it elegantly, pull out the china if you have it. Light some candles, use the good table cloth. When you actually sit down to eat: no cell phones and no tv. Take your time, enjoy the food, and the company.
When you are at your wits’ end and you need a fast escape, any one of these ought to do it. The reward might not be so much in the escape itself, but the feeling it generates afterwards. Feeling like the stress is melting away is a feeling we all want to hang on to. You can achieve that with a quick escape. Looking for other de-stressers? Take a look at my post: The Truth About “Me Time” And How To Improve It.