October 21, 2009 at 10:22 am #438105
I am really bad at this too. It’s really hard for me to do things for myself.
E – As a mum I think it’s really important to make even 5 or 10 mins a day for yourself. I wish I’d known that when my boy was still young enough to benefit from it.
Lenny – Sounds fantastic!!! If ever I make it to Tassie we so have to go riding together for a few hours.
To those who manage this every day, I am seriously jealous!
Today I stopped at South Bank on the way to work and jumped into the water at the fake beach. It was just what I needed.
Wonder what tomorrow will bring.October 21, 2009 at 10:27 am #438106
Teacup!! Ahhh, the serenity!!! :hug: What a nice night you have…..
H-man, South Bank is pretty awesome, fake beach or no….:tup::tup: Glad you got to get wet!!!!October 21, 2009 at 10:55 am #438107
Oh Teacup, that’s the sort of thing I meant when I suggested this on the other thread – not the physical ‘doing’ something for ourselves but the stuff the feeds the soul. Amazingly it does not need to be long periods of time even as you have pointed out 5 mins near pond and 5 mins in chair – ahhh the batteries recharge:tongue:
Yesterday I took a stroll around the citrus to check for new growth in the wrong places and took time to smell the citrus perfumes on my hands.
Tonight I watched the moon through the window for a little as I laid on my bed enjoying the wafting jasmine perfume before I started the ‘great mouse hunt of the wardrobe’:lol: I won:tup: DH and I had a stroll around the yard to check for fruit etc (if we squinted we couldn’t see DS in the buggy as we pushed him:lol:)October 21, 2009 at 11:27 am #438108
What a nice Challenge, Andy!
My daily me time is my breakfast. I like to sit and relax and eat slowly and in peace. It doesn’t happen everyday, but most days it works. It makes me feel like I have arrived in the day, after getting up early and doing so many little chores.
To update: I am working on a long term challenge which will be broken up into smaller segments – stay tuned.October 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm #438109
Narelleh, watching the moon and enjoying the jasmine sounds lovely.
Boy wrangler, that is so tiring … sounds like Playschool gives you a little time for you. I had forgotten that I used type too sometimes while my daughter watched Playschool…
Herbman, I think diving in the water on the way to work sounds great!October 21, 2009 at 7:41 pm #438110
I think everyone’s food for the soul is different. I know that for me, just sitting still (even in the garden) makes me anxious. But jumping into the water at South Bank an swimming (well, wouldn’t call floating around swimming) feeds my soul and slows me down.October 21, 2009 at 9:55 pm #438111
I’m a bit late but I’m in. I DEFINATELY need this. I’ve had some fat chick turning up in my mirror all the time so I’ve decided to give her the flick. I will spend at least 30mins a day on my treadmill and eat much healthier. I’ve already given up the fags, 6 weeks today YAY:clap::D :metal:October 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm #438112
way to go fatima :metal::metal:
i too need to lose weight for my health priority,but walking just 5 mins down the orad brings on coughing fit then well 😆 not nice
i am going to set aside some time every day and embroider blocks for a special quilt for me
i spoke to my oldest ds last nite about this challenge and he said to me mum for years you have always made things for others as that is what you called your me time,now do something for yourself !!!:lol:
i so love my kidsOctober 21, 2009 at 11:26 pm #438113
Thanks Luvin:hug: Would something gentle like pilates suit you better?
My starting stats are:
Height – 4ft 11&3/4″ :shy:
Weight – 70.1kg :rip:
Goal – 55kg;)
Have just “quick walked” 4.5km on treadmill and legs are jelly:lol:October 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm #438114
I’ve had some fat chick turning up in my mirror all the time so I’ve decided to give her the flick.
hmm…funny thing today when I put on a pair of shorts and checked mysefl in the mirror – some bloody fat chick looking back at me too! They CAN’T be MY legs 🙁 gross! I wish I had the energy to exercise, but with this auto immune crap, I am not able to :tdown:October 22, 2009 at 1:06 am #438115
I know its a bit contradictory and everyone is different but excersise actually increases your energy levels (as long as you dont completley over do it, but then your bound to sleep well 😆 ) something to do with the endorphins and adrenalin that is released.
I know it really doesnt make sense, but I found that getting up in the morning and taking the dog for a walk, even if it was just around the block did make me feel like I had a lot more energy.October 22, 2009 at 1:23 am #438116
Excercise is also recommended for people with depression (like me!) because of exactly that. It releases the “feel good” chemicals in the brain. It works too.:DOctober 22, 2009 at 1:25 am #438117
Its just convincing yourself to do it in the first place that is the hard part!!!October 22, 2009 at 3:35 am #438118
I’ve been saying I will do this for months now, so THANKS ANDY for giving me the big push I needed. :tup:October 22, 2009 at 4:53 am #438119
I’m in. It’s something I’m trying to get back in the habit of. I decided I needed to a couple of months ago when the kids told me I was being GRUMPY mummy .They were right and it wasn’t their fault and I decided I’d better do something before it spiraled into depression which is not somewhere I want to go again. I am feeling much better for a bit of me time even if it is just 1/2 hour reading.
So I am taking time to do some gardening or go for a walk when the sun is out and trying not to stress about the mess the kids make. I hate housework and it is depressing when 2 minutes after it is cleaned it is a mess again.
One thing I’ve finally done to go and see the doctor about the chronic dull headaches I’ve been having for months. I had been spending plenty of time at the doctors but it was always for the kids and by the time I’d got through their stuff I couldn’t be bothered. I’m in the middle of tests to try and work out what is causing them and hopefully find a cure. I’ll be a much nicer person again then. Mind you a couple of the options my ENT doc wants to eliminate are rather scary. I hate google too much info.
Anyway, I’m going to go out and sit in the sun and plant some seedlings. 😀 I promise myself that before this challenge is over I will get my paints out again and finish the one I’ve got going.
For those of you with very young kids the best advice I had form the maternal health nurse was feed myself first in the morning before anyone else. I had low iron levels as I had been forgetting to eat until mid afternoon at the time. And also sometimes it doesn’t hurt to let a baby cry for 10 min if they are in a safe place.
And in a couple of weeks I’m finally going away with girlfriends for the weekend it has only taken us 5 years to organise it.
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