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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
We made it to the weekend again and I hope everyone is able to get in some relaxing and peaceful time. With the Christmas holiday season coming up we all seem to get busier and busier. So one thing we do need to do is take great care of ourselves.

So, if you are going to pamper yourself so you can survive this busy time of year, what will you do? Take a short nap each day? Maybe a hot shower after the kids are in bed. No kids so life must be easy huh???...that's a laugh for all of us grandparents. I think I'm busier now than when I was raising my children.

So, what's your way to relax? OK, I've stumped myself on this one. I'm guilty of pushing myself until I drop and have been that way since I was a teen. But one thing I do love is a quiet afternoon nap. I love it best if there's a bit of sunshine outside, curl up on top of the bed, snuggle with 2 or 3 pillows, pull something warm over me and I'm out like a light! I hardily recommend it for relaxation. I always set a timer of some sort though. If I sleep too long then I feel lousy and the idea is to feel wonderful.

How do you relax when life gets busy?
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   Posted 12/4/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I make a bubble bath for myself with water as hot as I can stand and I relax and float until the water starts to get cold, I let some out and refill LOL If I can get my son to give me half an hr in the tub I'm happy. For my birthday my husband gave me a full day to myself, I was still in the house, but he took care of everything :D I got to read a good book and do all the girly things I don't have time for LOL

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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I watch whatever Christmas movie I can find - and doze off and on for a couple of hours, while reclining in my chair. I just love this time of year.
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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I sit in my most comfortable chair and play The Sims 3. Then again, I'm only 21 so there's no kids to worry about! The heat of my laptop helps keep me all warm and cozy. Pair it with a nice cup of hot tea and I'm good to go!
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   Posted 12/4/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
getting ready for the weekend. I actually am home today this Friday with a bad head cold, however not going to let it get me down. Plans are when the hubby gets home to hang by a nice fire in the fireplace. Sip some wine and listen to music and just having the xmas tree lights on. Of course it is after I put the little one to bed usually asleep by 8. We are expecting cold, cold temps today and lake effect snow so the cozy fire will be welcoming. Hope all you have a nice wonderful weekend and stay warm.

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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
During the day I have been meeting my friends for a cup of tea, lunch or a walk. I find it
relaxing to share time with friends just to chat and joke around with. We all live in the
neighborhood so it makes it easy to get together.
I also enjoy my daily soaks in a hot bath. At night I enjoy watching TV and snuggling
with my hubby and 2 fur babies.

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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to extreme measures. I always loved Christmas, but then after the holidays were over I'd get that let-down depression. As all the kids in our family grew up and the older generation started being no longer with us and my husband developed diabetes, I simplified the holidays.

I cook traditional meals, but only the essential components - turkey, dressing, potatoes, veggies, gravy, cranberries. No sweet potatoes, rolls, relish trays, etc. I stopped making cookies and candy because we don't need them anyway, and neither do our friends. I make donation to holiday charities instead of buying gifts. The only greeting cards I send are E-cards. We put up a Christmas tree and a wreath, and call the house decorated.

It was really hard the first couple of years, because I felt I "should" be doing all those things. (And shame on me for letting the "shoulds" get to me!) Then I discovered that not only did I not make myself physically sick, but my winter depression went away. For me, that was a fair trade.

Oh, and I also take naps about twice a week. :-)

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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I would like to go for a massage which I haven't done for a long time now. Don't know if I can get into the girl that I like but I will call and find out.
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   Posted 12/4/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I really like to read in a hot bath. My tub is soo uncomfortable that I can't relax as much as I like, but it helps somewhat. I also like to curl up and take a nap. I like naps, but most of the time I don't take them unless I absolutely have to because I feel guilty for taking them.
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   Posted 12/4/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I love to grab my favorite pink fuzzy blanket and head to the couch with a cup of tea and snuggle up with my dogs and hubby.
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