Taking Time to Reset as a Family

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time to reset

Every year, I make it my mission for my family and I to take time to reset. To reconnect with each other, unwind, refresh, and disengage from the harsh realities of the world we live in.

We take a few days to just breathe. We need it. (I NEED IT.)

For us, taking time to reset generally involves spending some time in nature. No, this does not mean going to the local park and watching my child slide, swing, and scream his way to exhaustion. It means taking an actual hike, spending time ‘up north’, or picnicking in a quiet, secluded spot.

There’s a kind of frenetic energy that builds up in us when we are too encumbered by work, chores, society, media, technology, etc. It needs to be exhaled or it turns into intense bouts of anxiety, tears, or general unpleasantness.

That’s when we know it’s time to reset.

Growing up, my family always spent time up north each summer. The place we stayed had no television, WiFi didn’t exist, and the landline telephone was only used in emergencies. Even back then, I knew it was the best.

There was no pressure to check email, stay up to date with the goings on of the world, or keep any kind of schedule. Instead, it was expected that we would sleep in and stay up late. Our daily agenda formed with the weather so one day we might float on the lake and the next we would read books, play board games, and put together puzzles. I wore the same clothes days in row. I went to bed with sand in my hair and a smile on my face.

Yes, it really was the best.

I want my son to have this time to reset, this ability to disconnect from the stress of our everyday world.

resetting in the water

We can’t escape up north more than once a year, and sometimes that isn’t enough. So we look to bring those sentiments, activities, and freedoms close to home.

We’ve started technology-free days, gone on hikes at Lapham Peak and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and spent days in our pajamas reading, playing games, and just being together.

Most of these activities are lost on my son as he’s too young to grasp their significance, but I hope he can feel the resulting change in my husband’s and my moods. (Also, we figure it’s easier to keep up a routine then try to force one later in life.)

Whatever your time to reset might be- exercise, nature, food, movies, books, a good cup of coffee, or glass of wine: make time for it. Make sure your family members do, too. Life never used to be so complicated, so make time for those moments of simplicity and allow yourself and your family to reset.

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