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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mommy Time

As the caregiver of Sissy with severe food allergies and asthma, and DB who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, sometimes the stress can become pretty overwhelming. I know I am not the only parent in the world who feels overwhelmed, so here is a list of ideas of things to do for yourself to relax and refresh. I call this the Airplane Mask Principle - you have to put on your own mask so that you can help someone else; likewise you have to take some time to do something good for yourself to be able to take care of someone else. Enjoy!

  1. Listen to Music
  2. Laugh - check out YouTube! Here are some of my favorites!
    1. Sneezing Panda
    2. Very Angry Cat
    3. Best Baby Laugh
  3. Cuddle up to your family dog, cat, turtle or goat
  4. Knit/Cross Stitch/Crochet
  5. Yoga
  6. Take a nap
  7. Go outside - for even 5 minutes
  8. Call a friend
  9. Read a book - here are some good ones - for the most part they are really funny
    1. Island of the Sequined Love Nun
    2. A Dirty Job: A Novel
    3. Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings (Today Show Book Club #25)
    4. Little Green Men: A Novel
    5. God Is My Broker: A Monk-Tycoon Reveals the 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth
    6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  10. Buy yourself flowers
  11. Gather the kids in bed and watch a movie
  12. Take a hot bath or shower
  13. Prank text - it takes a little of the prankiness out of it, but, I do sometimes text people, "This is the Sears repair center, is your refrigerator running?"
  14. Celebrate Jammy Day! Spend a whole day wearing your jammies, if they have duckies on them, that's even better.
  15. Take a walk
  16. Do something nice for someone else
  17. Take a class - here are some of the classes offered at our local community center.
    1. Navajo Weaving
    2. Stained Glass
    3. Tap Dancing
    4. Fly Fishing
    5. Scuba Diving
    6. Snowboarding
    7. Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Russian

The point is to do something good for yourself. Have a good book to share? We'd love to hear it!