Me-time

I cannot count how often I’ve been told by professionals, family, friends, fellow-adopters: “You MUST look after yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup. You’re no good to anyone if you have a nervous breakdown.” Of course, they are right. And of course we all know that it is SO much easier said than done. And even when we do manage to get away and have a bit of time to ourselves we usually pay for it with the fall-out behaviour from our kids afterwards.

NONEtheless, it is sometimes possible to carve out some precious me-time and it is usually worth it. But once you’ve got it, what do you do with it? Here is some colourful inspiration for you.

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Take a walk somewhere beautiful
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Practise Yoga
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Catch up with a friend over a coffee
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Make some music…
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…or just enjoy some time listening to it
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Indulge in a scented, bubbly bath
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Read a good book
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Have a slap-up meal
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Go fly a kite
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Video games aren’t just for kids…
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… and neither are TVs, tablets or phones. A box-set binge or a Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest session can be very satisfying
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Get out into the garden
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Curl up with a magazine and a furry friend
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Watch the latest movie
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Take up a sport (this is a really good way of getting regular time to yourself — especially if a team is relying on you, your coach is nagging you and the fixtures and practice times are set in stone)
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Anyone for tennis? Of course, sports can also be a casual, sociable one-off sort of thing
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On yer bike!
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Do something arty and creative — painting, colouring-in, sketching or scrapbooking
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Go for a swim
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Re-visit an old hobby
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Walk the dog. It’s worth getting a dog just for an excuse to get out into the fresh air every day
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Learn a new skill, such as woodworking…
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… or needlework …
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… or glass painting
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Catch 40 winks
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A spot of retail therapy, perhaps?
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A spa treatment can be relaxing
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Gone fishing
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Contemplate something beautiful or inspiring

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