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    Default How do you "recharge", mommy burnout

    Just curious -

    When you have had a hard day/week/month/2 years...

    How do you "recharge your batteries"?

    I used to just go out for some retail therapy.. but lately, I'm kind of ambivalent about it.

    Where do you go? What do you do? When you have a "break".. childcare.. DH has DCs..

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    We have a local museum that I love, the Decordova. No famous paintings, instead it has really interesting exhibits brought in from all over. An afternoon walking around, experiencing stuff I'd never see normally is glorious. I love the solitude of it, being inside my own head. If it's nice out, they have really lovely grounds (a sculputre park) to walk around; if it's cold or rainy, I bring a book or interesting magazine article & sit in the cafe to read and sip coffee for an hour or two.

    An afternoon there and I feel like a functional adult capable of having an interesting conversation that isn't about kids. I love it, and don't go nearly often enough.
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    I love the museum idea. I go out to lunch with friends, or I get a massage. Working out is also a way to do something good for yourself. A great and absorbing book (or even a trashy magazine, if you're in the mood) is great too.

    I hear you about retail therapy - that used to be me, too, except now I'm not that into it either.

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    I like to go out to dinner and drinks with some of my friends. That's my favorite way to unwind. I also really like my tap class and some other exercise classes.

    There have a been a few times since ds1 was born that I really reached my limit and have gone away for the weekend alone.

    Oh, and I love kicking everyone out of the house and enjoying the peace and quiet! Even better if the house is clean and I have a good book or movie.

    Beth

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    I go out with a close friend for drinks, dinner...whatever. I have a friend who lives a couple of hours away and visiting her for a weekend is so good for my mental health.

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    Spa trip. A facial or a massage then a nice lunch is so relaxing. DH is great, he'll see I need some time off and he'll come home with a gift certificate. I feel so much better about myself and my life after a spa trip.
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    I recharge as often as possible.

    Exercise.

    Reading a book that has nothing to do with parenting or parents.

    Going out with my husband.
    Katie, mama to a pair of boys.

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    DH and I go out. I nap, get my toes painted, shower (odd I know), go out with a girlfriend.
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    If there's a MNO in my moms group, I'll do my best to make it.

    I joined the handbell choir and church, and volunteer to play for services and/or accompany the choir when the director needs a pianist.

    I do the grocery shopping on weekend afternoons alone. Well, right now I take Laurel, but once she is consistently napping in the afternoons I'll leave her at home with Dh as well.

    Read, read, read.
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    I shove my kindle into my knitting bag, possibly grab my laptop and hit the coffeeshop. Then I read, knit and work on digital scrapbooking as I see fit. Maybe grab lunch and hit a fabric/yarn store. Another possibilty it locking myself in my "sewing room" and sew stuff for the girls.

    I'm in school so I have babysitter on the days the husband works. Sometimes I swap "me" time for "studying" time. On the days the husband is home, I just throw my hands up and leave.
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