BeeBee's 365 Challenge

for the little things that make me happy

Day 268: What do you do when…

on September 24, 2012

You are feeling a bit, well, ‘that way out’?

How do you raise yourself out of the funk?

It’s tricky trying to  balance being a mum, working and all those other little jobs that don’t seem to get done by anyone else.

We need to pencil in time for ourselves. Easier said than done. I know that I try and get some ‘me’ time, I have put it on the calender, written it in my diary but after just a couple of weeks it falls by the wayside.

This year (as I have said frequently before) I’ve been concentrating on the little things. Such as drinking a coffee in peace or getting that 5 minutes alone. So here are the 10 things that have topped my favourite things to do so far.

1. Speak to a friend on the phone

Is there somebody you haven’t seen in a while, or do you have a pal that you never quite get to finish a conversation with? Put a little bit of time aside and give them a call at the weekend. If possible I try and pack the kids off somewhere so I can gossip away in peace.

2. Drink a mug of coffee

Yes it is that simple. Most of us have numerous mugs of tea or coffee every day, but do you take time out to enjoy it? Make yourself  a good quality drink, so a nice filter coffee instead of your regular instant.  Find a quiet corner, smell it, sip it, savour it. This isn’t about the caffeine fix. Take it to  it’s about taking time away from the hustle and bustle of the house and being still. (This also works after the kids bedtime just add wine!)

3. Take a warm bath

Use your favourite bubbles, light a fragrant candle, turn on some music, maybe even take a book in. This is best if the kids are occupied or even asleep! This is time for you, so no additional kids allowed.

4. Have tea and cake with a friend

I remember when the kids were babies, we used to have coffee afternoons at peoples houses. The kids would normally sleep and we could chat. As the children got older we still met up but chatted less, until those babies started school, and we all started working. So tea and cake just slipped away. Try and set aside an afternoon if you can, or a weekend morning. Get your husband or significant other to look after the kids and hit a tea room or coffee shop with your pal.

5. Wear a fancy outfit on a regular day

I have long been a great believer in shoe therapy. Wearing gorgeous shoes boost the confidence and put that extra bounce in your step. Especially in the office I found. Inappropriately beautiful shoes on the school run can only lead to blisters!

If you are going down the fancy clothes route, make sure it is a day when there isn’t going to be any nasty paint accidents or cleaning with bleach!

6. Buy a yourself a special treat from the supermarket

When I’m doing the weekly shop I frequently find myself slipping treats for the Brothers Thing into the trolley (today alone two Moshi Monster blind bags fell in to my basket). So pick something for you. A chocolate bar, a pastry, or anything you really fancy. Set some time aside and enjoy it (I usually wait until after their bedtime).

7. Watch your favourite tv programme in peace.

I do this every other Tuesday when The Husbands goes out for a drink. I get the remote to myself. I get to watch some cheesy television like Hart of Dixie or some food porn Lorraine Pascale, Nigella, and follow it up with Great British Bake Off.

8. Read a good book (or magazine).

This is one that I make time for. I often read for work, I love to read for pleasure too. I’m not a book snob though I will read most things and when I’m reading for work I tend to do lots of thrillers and murder mysteries I follow it up with a light chick lit book at home. Take it in that bath with you, or just read after your kids are in bed for the night. Sit back and get lost in the fantasy world of a novel. I try to read a chapter a night of my current favourite book, unless it’s a James Patterson book then about 5 (they are rather short) and I find it helps my brain slow down and sleep comes faster.

9. Arrange a date night at home

So this one isn’t just about you. Give the kids a quick, easy and simple to clean up tea. Pack them off to bed early. Then cook (or order in) a special meal. dig out a favourite film or even just talk over dinner and by candlelight (I hear the latter one is popular and romantic… not a goer in BeeBee Towers). Whatever you do, don’t talk ‘shop’ housey things and kiddy things are banned.

10. Find a nice candle

You know the ones I mean. One that as soon as you light it lifts your mood and evokes a happy mood. Simple is good!

So those are some of the little tricks I have employed this year to keep me smiling and make 2012 my happiest year yet.

21 Day Challenge Update: Another day under my belt of being back in control, just 19 days to go!
Today’s Activity: A nice post school run malted hot chocolate and a jam & cream biscuit. Pure decadence, curled up by the radiator in the front room.

BeeBee x


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