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How do you Relax?

Admittedly, one of my favorite past-times, even before kids, was taking naps. But, unless the stars are magically aligned, I rarely get to enjoy my most-beloved hobby. With cloudy skies and lots on my to-do list, at the end of the day I have been feeling exhausted. Do any of you have any ideas to help feel recharged when you don't actually get to take a siesta in the middle of the day?


Anna said...

In my house I'm very strict about quiet time. My 3 year old is beyond napping, but she has quiet time in her room every day, there is no set time. Usually she comes out when her sister wakes up. Thankfully, sister, is 1 and still sleeps for a good 2-2 1/2 hours. My "me" time is so important to me, I clean, watch a little tv, take a little nap or read and obviously blog a little too. So maybe this doesn't really answer your question because after all I do get a siesta every day. I guess I would just encourage quiet time for each child whether they sleep or not.

The Mortensens said...

Okay this is going to sound totally selfish, but I have learned that in motherhood, if we ever want to re-charge our batteries, we sometimes have to be a little selfish.... right? Anywho. My two things that help me "re-charge" are really insignificant, the first is that if AT ALL possible, I save TV/movie time for after naps. That way, I not only get a little quiet time during naps, but then if I'm not quite done doing whatever I was doing during the nap, then I can give my kiddo a snack and let him watch a little movie. My other very selfish re-charge is that I'm addicted to snacks/treats/soda.... basically anything unhealthy. I always have one in the afternoon. I think about what I'm going to have all morning and then I'm even more excited to have it. Wether it is a diet coke, a handful of peanut M&M's, or some sort of chocolate, it always makes my day. Of course it is something that the kiddo doesn't get... that's the point. Selfish, yes, but it works for me!

Cassi said...

Oh how I wish we had quiet time around here!! All 3 of my kids share a room and my only child that takes a nap is a really light sleeper so there is NO way I could have my kids in there playing quietly while he takes his nap. And when they are out with me it never feels like quiet time!
But I do have them watch a movie or TV usually every day and that gives me somewhat of a break.
When I do have 5 min or so when the kids are playing good I usually get on the computer and check email or blogs. Or if I'm into a book I can read it out where the kids are playing. Mostly though I have to save my relax time for after the kids are in bed! Then it's TV/movie time! It also helps me to really get into something... crafts, blogging, reading, because then I have something to look forward to doing all day. But in the end I just keep telling myself that soon they will all be in school and then I'll be lonely all day, so I should try and enjoy the chaos while I can! :)