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After the holidays are over, I always feel like becoming a hermit. I just want to disappear for several weeks. The holidays are always so busy and if I am not careful, that time is no longer enjoyable due to the stress of keeping up. Most of the time, January can feel really empty. What I have started to do during the month of January, is use it as a time for a family “time-out”. It is a great opportunity recharge our bodies, minds, and spirits. It also makes January feel a little less empty. I want to share with you how we take a time-out during January and why your family may need a time-out too.
There are sooooo many things happening at the end of the calendar year that most of the time spent together may not be quality time. Quality time and time in the sense of quantity are two very different things. When I spend “quality time” with someone I am genuinely connecting with that person. Making a meaningful memory. Investing my time and talents into that person. Time in the sense of “quantity” is basically just being in the same room and having no connection. I may as well not be near that person at all.
One of the reasons I wanted to have a family time-out was because our quality time together was getting shorter and shorter. We weren’t connecting. Arguments would become the norm. And the holidays were no longer enjoyable. Instead of feeling sad that we didn’t have anything to do during the month of January, we decided we would cut way back on our social calendar and connect.
I can’t tell you how amazing this feels. It is such an essential part of family and relationships. Making quality time a priority was a great way for my family to love on each other.
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It is extremely easy for me to lose sight of what’s important during the holidays. Getting caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of it all changes my focus. When we took a family time-out it truly helped us re-center. Re-center of focus, intentions, heart. It brought us back to each other. This is such a great tool to really see each other again. And to push the distractions to the side.
Why Your Family May Need A Time-Out – Great opportunity to recharge our bodies, minds, and spirits.
I don’t know about you but when I put the Christmas decorations away it makes me want to go through the entire house and purge our lives of unnecessary items. I threw away a lot of junk this month and it was so refreshing! Purging our lives of unneeded items also helped us start the year with a clean, fresh foot. Everyone loves a “fresh start” and purging is a great way to do that.
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Plan For The Future
The last thing I really like to do, during this time, is to plan for the future. Set family goals or resolutions for the year. Parenting goals. Marriage goals. Home goals. Business goals. You name, you can make a goal for it. When my husband and I have been intentional about this it has really helped us grow. Grow together, individually and as a family. Everything may not, and probably won’t’, go according to the plan but at least we have a vision for the future. This exercise also helps us work together. We are, of course, stronger together so it is vital to know what we are working towards, that way we have the same goal in mind.
If you have been feeling disconnected from your spouse or family this one exercise alone is a great way to get on the same page!
Side Note: in 2016 I went through the book The Happiness Project and it was a game changer! Seriously. If you are looking for a fresh perspective on life or you desire happiness in the year 2018, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It challenged me to look at my life differently which caused me to make changes that are still in place today.
Speaking of the same page, taking a family time-out has been one of the best things we have done as a family. It really has helped us start the new year with common goals, fresh minds, and a renewed connection. I highly, highly encourage you to do this with your family! 🙂
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