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The boss in on your case, your husband forgot to unclog the sink (again), your son just told you about a book report that is due tomorrow and the whole family is asking, “When will dinner be ready?”

You are STRESSED and you need a little time for yourself. You deserve it!

Even in just a few minutes, these suggestions will have you feeling better. It’s a good thing too…that dirty laundry isn’t going to do itself.

1. Hold a tea party…for one

By getting up just a little earlier in the morning, you can change the tone of your whole day.

Before the rest of the family rises and the chaos begins, enjoy a nice cup of your favourite tea or coffee. Compliment it with a fresh pastry for those super stressful days (like Monday, or parent-teacher conference day).

2. Indulge yourself

Enjoy a special treat that’s just for you. It might be a chocolate bar, a bowl of ooey gooey ice cream or a fruit smoothie.

Wait for everyone else to go to bed so you don’t hear the nagging question, “Can I have some?” This is your moment, they get treats all of the time.

3. Write it down

Writing is therapeutic. Start a journal and keep track of your ups and downs.

When a rough moment has passed, you can read about it later and chuckle. Did I really forget to pick up Annie at school? I swear I fed that goldfish.

As you review, be encouraged by all that you have tackled and lived through to tell the story.

4. Keep cool

Lay down on the couch, put slices of cool cucumbers over your eyes and BREATHE.

Ask your husband to take the kids to the shops. Or, if they are older, ask them to play in their rooms for just a little bit or send them outside to play.

Try to clear your mind and just focus on long, slow, deep breaths.

5. Soak the barking dogs

You have been on your feet all day and they are aching!

Take a couple of minutes to soak those poor things in some warm water. Add ¾ cup Epsom salts and a few peppermint tea bags for a refreshing, soothing soak that will put those dogs at ease.

When you are done, put on some comfy slippers and come back to reality. That laundry is still waiting…

Do you have any little pampering ideas to add to this list? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • Go to the library with the kids (yes libraries are the new fun place to be!) and pick up a chiclit for yourself. Something that will make you laugh or cry or both and take 30 mins a day (or more! no – don’t feel guilty!) to read. A great way to feel alive without spending any money.

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  • It’s nice to get up a bit earlier than the rest of the family and enjoy some tie alone.

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  • Not that I have many tips of my own.. I will definitely try some of yours though!

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  • Nice ideas will try soon.

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  • Some nice ideas. I take out time for myself each fortnight when my son sees his father. I force myself to relax and take time out to watch DVD’s. I think it so important and loved the article. We need to be a little selfish as mother’s just a little bit of the time to remain sane.

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  • love these suggestions! A tea party for one sounds perfect! A cup of tea always fixes everything!

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  • it s great

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  • Some great ideas here, I think I’ll be trying a few of these over the coming weeks. Thank you for posting MoM

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  • i like to draw in my down time

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  • Cold teabags are great on the eyes for a few minutes

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  • Thanks for sharing. Need these mini breaks/pampers to get through some days.

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  • I’ve tried to get up earlier but, I just like my bed to much!

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  • Yep I can relate to this article :) totally love all of your unwind ideas. I like to all of these things occasionally. I find a cup of
    Rooibos and vanilla very comforting in the evening. I have to go out of my way to get this particular tea and last time I had such a tough time getting it, that I bought the last two big packets left and would have bought more I enjoy it so much.

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  • Love the idea of soaking feet in epsom salt and tea

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  • Tea party for one sounds awesome

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