Ideas for Small Things to do for YOU

Tamara - posted on 07/02/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I am sure we all are busy with our kids, homes and hubbies/significant others. I was thinking maybe we could create a list of things that we can do for ourselves no matter how small or big. Maybe give some of our other moms ideas

--Soak in the tub with some bath salts
--a special food treat, When I am having a stressful day I like to kick back and enjoy a small piece of cherry cheesecake or something chocolate.
--Read a good book (this is usually done after the kids are sleeping so I can read with out getting 101 questions)
--Get dressed, make up and all just because It is a great mood lifter

I know there are tons others so what are yours?

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Rosheena - posted on 07/04/2011

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Great idea Tamara! I think one of the most beneficial things to do, that is free, is take a stroll in a park or at the beach (or any place near tranquil waters). Not just a walk but a stroll. Take time to just walk at your own pace and observe nature around you. This helps me to keep things in perspective. Our place in this world is needed and we all have a purpose individually and also we are all apart of the greater scheme of things. Strolling in nature helps me to remember this.

Stifler's - posted on 07/04/2011

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Lately it's been dumb shit like looking up new recipes instead of the same old crap for dinner, burning all the candles I bought from Partylite consultants who are related to me, watching porn or taped episodes of Winners and Losers, having too many coffees and laughing at the welcome page of CoM, calling people on the phone instead of being lazy and using Facebook, shopping for bras that aren't maternity bras.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/04/2011

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LOL Sorry it sounded so bad...... I really am fine, just really don't care about much anymore I guess.



I think it sucks and its sad sometimes, while other times I am relieved I don't have to 'get ready' to go to the store.



When I first became a mommy I was soooooo stressed having to wash the baby, prepare the diaper bag, shower (wait for bf to shower) and then try to fix myself up just to go TO THE GROCERY STORE?! I'm not kidding, it was taking us 2 hours most days to just leave the house! To make a simple run somewhere where no one cared 1 bit about how much effort we put into this daily 2 hour ordeal or it's outcome anyway.



I think I'm just much more realistic now and thank heavens for it. Baby doesn't get washed everyday and I don't wear make up......... lots of stress deleted. The only thing I could complain about is it takes my boyfriend longer to shit shower and shine than it does me. Really?! Get a move on, woman! lol

Shannintipton - posted on 07/03/2011

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I don't mind waiting the dr. office for a walk in appointments anymore. So the wait is two hours, so what, I will wait.

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/07/2011

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Well, that is their conversation when they .......... did.......... talk.................. most of they time it was very quiet and no one talked much. Very strange. Felt like a room full of self medicated idiots.
And yeah, I don't mind talking some about kids but all the time? Nope

Tamara - posted on 07/07/2011

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Shesh, when I am out with anyone if its DH, a friend, or my mom I don't want to talk about the kids aside a how are they doing type thing.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/07/2011

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I know what you mean. I need the beer drinking, while kids are playing in the dirt mom crew. It's not around here as far as I can tell. The snooty moms are BORING holy craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapola boring boring



They talked for an hour about some stupid preschool and one mom wasn't sure if she should stick her son in one class or another (average or advanced) it's like really?! is the advanced class going to make him color in the lines? he's 4!!!!!!!!! I couldn't handle it

she worried about his self esteem and falling behind

at 4

do they fall behind at 4? is that really an issue?

daaaaaaang.. coloring must have gotten hard since I was little



There was also a whole talk on 'how much school he can handle 2 or 3 days a week? 5 days a week?' soo many hard decisions.

Tamara - posted on 07/07/2011

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I wish I had more mom friends around here most of them are all snooty and in 'super mom' mode.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/07/2011

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If you can....... just do the Mom's Night Out events. Otherwise for whatever reason (the women I met anyway) couldn't socialize at all with their kids around

Elizabeth - posted on 07/04/2011

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Have another mom to speak to and have an adult conversation.
-Join a Mom's group and organize Mom's Night Out. Have someone watch the kids and go out or over to another mom's house and some social time without the kiddos.

Jaime - posted on 07/04/2011

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Take a few bucks, go to the florist and ask them to make a small bouquet in that price range. They pick out the flowers and put it together and it is such a nice pick me up. I used to do this all the time when my kids were little. It was a favorite of mine!

Tamara - posted on 07/04/2011

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These are some awesome ideas,

Nicole I have days sometimes weeks I feel the same way, I am sure in time things will be ok, and I agree with Shannin you are pretty :)

Emma I love looking for new recipes, I look and look try a few then end up with the same o same o lol

Shannintipton - posted on 07/04/2011

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cha-ching From your pic it doesn't seem like it would take you two hours. As someone else put it. You are stunning. But they weren't wrong. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 07/03/2011

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Awww Poor Nichole. Just idk I got nothing. It is like that for me everyday and I not even pregnant. You literally can not walk anywhere in this house without stepping on something. Quick trips to the bathroom at night could kill you. My room in like an oven because it is over the garage. Both my kids are underfoot all the time now that it is summer. Sometimes more kids. They stay up till all hours of the night but wake up early. I hate that. That just makes them more edgy. I sorry you were saying. I am so into myself.

I wish there was something I could do or say to make it better for you. I know you have helped me through some tough and boring times. A lot. I thank you for that. Go ahead paint your nails. Then you wont be able to type for a while. LOL

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/03/2011

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This got me thinking....... even though I need stuff 'for me' I just don't want it lately. I don't care to dress up. Omg I'm fat and pregnant. I think I quit wearing make up altogether like months ago?! And I've been wanting to fix my nails for the past month - the nail polish on my fingers is literally falling almost completely off by now. Aweful. There went my ideas for 'taking care of myself' for the summer. I paid 10$ for this nailpolish and was going to maintain at least this part of me in order to feel half way like a woman............. nope. Apparently I don't care anymore? It's hard to do stuff for you when you don't care about, well... you. Lol

So......... I grab a nap when I need to, and make hubby watch baby. He's good about it. I quit doing dishes because it hurt too much. Laundry too....... it gets done about once a week or never now...... lol and well other than that, I don't caaaaaaaaaaare....... me? Ha. I'm a mom now. What me? :P



I'm getting way too comfy in sweat pants and jogging outfits...........

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/03/2011

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Make hubby rub my shoulders......... back....... lower back........ chest......... stomach........ and then well, yeah :)

Shari - posted on 07/03/2011

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I love going on the porch and reading a good book...just a little bit of me time.

Lady Heather - posted on 07/03/2011

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Hot bevvie and a book. I need nothing more than that.

Also, I like going to the dentist now. I'm due for a check up. Can't wait! I just have to sit there and some lady chats away. Just like the spa and healthy too! Weird how things change after you have kids. I'm actually looking forward to my plane ride next week. It's my first time going anywhere out of town without the little one. Used to hate planes. Now I'm like...wow...I can just sit and read and listen to music and someone will bring me a tea. Sweet.

Katherine - posted on 07/03/2011

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Usually mine is grocery shopping lol!!!! But if I can get out and actually SHOP I do.

Katherine - posted on 07/03/2011

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Book
CoM
Work
Shopping
Anything I can do with NO kids is good enough for me :)

Sneaky - posted on 07/03/2011

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Spend three minutes uninterrupted with a cuppa in front of COM!!!

Bat my eyes at hubby and ask him to give me a neck rub :o)

Hide in the bedroom with a book (usually lasts 10 mins max, but hey - you gotta try!)

At least once a week I try to get the kids off to bed a full hour earlier than normal - they don't sleep, they play, but at least hubby and I get quality alone time!

The two BIG things I am doing for myself are:
I got a night job. I get to leave the kids and hubby at home and no matter how stressed or cranky I am I get over it by the time my 4 hour shift is over. I do night fill, which though 'easy' (cutting open boxes and putting stock on shelves) it is physically demanding (lifting heavy boxes, pulling heavy pallets and cages, loading the compacter, etc) so I am usually exhausted by the end of it :o) I also get to talk to other adults about things NOT related to children!!! Awesome :o)

And I enrolled in online uni - It is amazing how good I feel using my brain again for something other than planning in which order to do my loads of laundry!!

PS Tamara this was a GREAT thread to start :o)

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