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Old 11-20-2019, 05:58 PM
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I know typical answers are things like massage, pedi, exercise, bubble baths, but what else is there? I'm building a list of workweek activities and would love to see your ideas!

-Driving a pretty way home from work instead of the highway or city
-30 min of silence
-time outdoors with the dog
-pulling weeds
-calling one of my sisters
-listening to whatever music my soul needs


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Old 11-20-2019, 06:07 PM
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Right now Iím drinking wine out of a gigantic wine glass!



Reading
Watching sports on tv
Massage
Pedicure
Go out with friends (not often but sometimes)
Get in bed super early (more often)
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Old 11-20-2019, 06:13 PM
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Everyone has a different need for self care. My current situation requires me to speak up and tell the person what I think and feel. Retiring and being happy to help with childcare is no joke. I have spent my working and family life trying to avoid conflict but I have finally found my voice.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:01 PM
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  • monthly massages
  • manicures/pedicures regularly
  • making sure I look presentable in public
  • buy good perfume
  • read fun books
  • go to bed early
  • have ďat homeĒ days often
  • take a walk
  • go to a movie
  • take a drive
  • go shopping (just browsing, even)
  • hobbies (cross stitch, sewing)
  • yard work (love mowing)
  • listen to music
  • play a game
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:24 PM
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-Puzzles
-Reading
-Writing in a gratitude journal regularly
-Journaling
-Lying on couch with soft, fleece blanket
-Leaving school work at school on weeknights (I do a lot on the weekends)
-Cleaning (cleaning isn't self-care, but I FEEL so much better when my environment is clean)
-Good balance of allowing myself down time, as well as scheduling social things that will keep me busy and/or rejuvenate me


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Old 11-20-2019, 07:28 PM
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I love the aquafit classes at the rec center and gyms close by. It's a workout and chat fest with friends. I always feel great afterwards.
Gardening, reading a good book and listening to music which often means singing in my car. On Saturdays I like to listen to NPR's Wait, Wait- Don't Tell Me which is usually hilarious plus I like the trivia questions.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:45 PM
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Meditation
Exercise
Calm, quiet sessions of time
Stressed out? Take a walk.
Bath in epson salt and peroxide (supposed to remove impurities)
No screen time before bed!!
Reading good books
Bedtime tea and smelling essential oil like lavender before bed
Spending quality time with smart people
Listen to classical music
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:50 PM
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Sleeping in
Or staying in bed late and reading
Long, hot shower
Sleeping in
Walk (preferably on the beach!)
Holing up in my room when the teens are arguing
Did I mention sleeping in?
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:50 PM
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Walking helps me. I listen to music as I walk in my neighborhood or on a treadmill. I may run for a very short distance too.
Watching some old movies or old tv shows are relaxing to me.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:56 PM
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Yoga
Reading
Tea or hot chocolate
Steamy shower
Mass or solitary prayer in church
Browsing in a favorite store... for me, Home Goods and Barnes and Noble
Sleep
Dinner with wine and candles
Concerts


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Old 11-20-2019, 09:15 PM
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Of flowers always cheers me

Stupid Hallmark channel movie

Making a new to me cocktail

Call a friend

Clean my bedroom

Wash my linens

Journaling

Making art

Dancing
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:31 PM
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Massages
Reading
Jigsaw puzzles
Crossword puzzles
Crochet
Sewing
Crafting
Dance classes
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:43 PM
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This is an area of my life that I need to do more of. I actually never had a massage or facial done by a professional and I hardly get manicures/pedicures. I don't care for baths either. That feels more like a chore to me. I just want to get in and out of the shower quickly.

I guess my self-care is more of my Zen/relaxation time for me personally. I really enjoy:

- watching TV
- strolling the shopping malls (not necessarily buying anything)
- enjoying good food
- morning walks

I need to pamper myself more. I do give myself facials though.
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Old 11-21-2019, 02:32 AM
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My first go to is to take a long hot shower.

My 20 minute drive home is a great de-stressor - any way I go I get to drive around two beautiful lakes.

Sitting on the deck staring out at the lake. I love watching the loons.

Going on the kayak and paddling around a bit (in the summer)

I also like to read - something about jumping into a different world helps.

I do do the normal things:
*exercise
*getting my hair done
* time outside


Things like a massage or a mani/pedi would be something that stresses me out more!
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Old 11-21-2019, 03:42 AM
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The first of these was actually suggested by my therapist. Sometimes I even have to "force" myself to do it, even though it actually really does help.


-Set a timer for 5 min, and literally sit and do absolutely nothing for that time
-Reading
-Taking a walk
-Gratitude journaling (don't keep up with it as often as I would like)
-Turning on soothing sounds - like thunderstorm, ocean waves, etc.
-Meditation
-Audio books on my commute
-Volunteering at local animal shelter (keeps me just busy enough on a weekend day w/o stressing me out, and the animals are lovely).
-Hot shower (can add in pleasantly scented products)
-Hot tea
-Some sort of art project
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:48 AM
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  • Take a walk
  • Read
  • Text a compliment/memory to friend or family
  • Keep my house clean and organized
  • Avoid people who bring me down
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:57 AM
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Of these? There is a wealth of great practices here.

For me, when Im stressed or burnt out I forget some of these?
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Old 11-22-2019, 02:18 PM
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1. Botox!
2. Ambian now and then so I can get a good night's sleep
3. Play with and walk my neighbor's dog..they're busy I'm not
4. Go to they gym and do a really hard class 6 days a week. I'm 56, and I tell myself that I'm lucky my body still works as well as it does. I'm not taking that for granted!!
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:24 PM
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Call a close friend
Read outdoors in the rocking chair on the patio
Snuggle in the recliner with my fleece blanket
Ride my bike
Spend time at the beach
Take a hot shower
Hang out for awhile on PT

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