If you're like me, you feel like you have to spend as much time with your family as possible when you're visiting them, they're visiting you, or you're on a family vacation. If you're only with them for one day, then that's understandable.
But what if you're with them for at least two days? How does an introvert work her time to unplug into family time? Here are some of my pro tips.
- When everyone else takes a nap, stay awake. Watch some tv, read a few more chapters in the book you brought with you (because of course you brought a book with you), take a walk, stare out the window, grab a cup of coffee and drink it while doing all these things. Drink as much coffee as you can and enjoy the silence. Hopefully no one's snoring.
- When everyone else is waking up or about to, declare that you're now ready for a nap. Go take nap. If you're really lucky, everyone will leave the house and you'll be alone when you wake up. If you don't want to rely on luck, tell them to go do their fun things while you're comatose.
- Stay up late and write blog posts after everyone has gone to sleep for the night. Use a load of laundry as your excuse. "Oh, I'll come to bed as soon as I throw the laundry into the dryer."
- Go to the store to buy snacks. Take at least thirty minutes to walk around the store searching for chips that may or may not exist.
- Drive. When you drive, you're paying attention to the road. It's like an automatic wall. And if anyone gets too chatty or loud, you can say, honestly, "Hey, could you please be a little quieter? I'm trying to concentrate on the road. Thanks!"
And now my family knows all of my secrets...