living well http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13060/all en-US 10 Ways to Take 10 Minutes for Mom http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4870471514_be1f5eeb6f.jpg" alt="Woman resting" title="Woman resting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt about it &mdash; moms work hard. We pack school lunches, schedule appointments, kiss boo-boos, and treat fevers at 3 a.m. Our work is never finished, and it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to find the time to take care of ourselves.</p> <p>Fortunately, relaxing and rejuvenating doesn't always have to be time consuming. Consider the following simple ways to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries so you can continue taking care of everybody else.</p> <h3>1. Have an Afternoon Cup of Tea or Coffee</h3> <p>Keep your favorite tea or coffee in the pantry and brew yourself a cup any time you start to feel tense. There are many types of tea that are considered calming, or if you're like me, you'll love the caffeine jolt from an afternoon cup of coffee. The key here? Don't make your drink to go. Force yourself to <em>sit down</em> for at least 10 minutes and enjoy it!</p> <h3>2. Take a Hot Bath or Shower</h3> <p>Hot water is one of the fastest ways to relax tense muscles. If you're feeling overwhelmed, a hot bath or shower can be a great way to unwind, and even a short one will leave you feeling re-energized. If you have the time, consider splurging on your favorite bubbles. What was that old commercial? <em>Calgon take me away...</em></p> <h3>3. Meditate</h3> <p>Parenting can be an exercise in patience. Sometimes, when your toddler is in the middle of a tantrum or your teen is in the midst of a &quot;crisis,&quot; it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to remember to relax and breathe. That's where meditation comes in. If you take just 10 minutes a day to be still and quiet your mind, you'll reap many benefits. Don't know how to meditate? Check out these <a href="http://www.modernmom.com/article/beginner-meditation-techniques">beginner meditation techniques</a>.</p> <h3>4. Exercise</h3> <p>It can seem overwhelming to fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise, but if we break it up into 10-minute segments, it's a little easier. And exercise raises our endorphins, which makes us feel better and can make it easier to face the rest of our day with a smile. Plus, a mom in better shape is a mom who can better keep up with her energetic kids!</p> <h3>5. Get Outdoors</h3> <p>Even 10 minutes of fresh air and sunshine can work wonders for your mood and energy levels. Take a walk, work in your garden, or even take your kids to the playground.</p> <h3>6. Paint Your Nails</h3> <p>It takes less than 10 minutes to put a coat of polish on your fingers or toes. Sure, it may not be as relaxing as a spa pedicure, but bright red or sassy pink nails can boost your self-confidence and make you feel just a little bit better about yourself, which in turn just might help you conquer a hectic day.</p> <h3>7. Write a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Take the time to think about someone else in your life and tell them why you appreciate them. An unexpected note will brighten their day, and bringing joy to others is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to your own day.</p> <h3>8. Read a Magazine</h3> <p>Don't choose anything related to work or parenting. What are your hobbies? Take 10 minutes to read an article about home d├ęcor, or literature, or politics, whatever it is that really gets <em>you</em> fired up.</p> <h3>9. Dance to Your Favorite Song</h3> <p>Music can be soothing, and dancing can be uplifting. Plus, it's hard not to laugh at yourself when you're a grown woman dancing around your living room, and laughter definitely lightens your mood and brightens your day.</p> <h3>10. Phone a Friend</h3> <p>In these days of social media, it's easy to do all of our communication through emails, texting, or even Facebook. But there's nothing like the sound of a real human voice, particularly the voice of a true friend, to help us through a rough day.</p> <p><em>How do you relax and rejuvenate when you don't have time for a day at the spa? What 10-minute tips would you add to this list?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mothers work hard. Here are some simple ways for moms to take a moment to relax and pamper themselves. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is post by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, <a href="http://www.parentingsquad.com/" title="Parenting Squad">Parenting Squad</a>. Visit Parenting Squad for more parenting tips and news:</p> <ul> <li><a title="10 Easy Freezer Friendly Meals" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-easy-freezer-friendly-meals">10 Easy Freezer Friendly Meals</a></li> <li><a title="30 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes" href="http://parentingsquad.com/30-hard-boiled-egg-recipes">30 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes</a></li> <li><a title="6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children" href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-children">6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children</a></li> <li><a title="10 Baby Shower Games to Keep the Party Going" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-baby-shower-games-to-keep-the-party-going">10 Baby Shower Games to Keep the Party Going</a></li> <li><a title="10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-simple-steps-to-a-successful-garage-sale">10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/parenting-squad">Parenting Squad</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-buy-nothing-lifestyle-lessons-from-a-frugal-experiment">The Buy-Nothing Lifestyle: Lessons from a Frugal Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school">23 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Kid&#039;s First Day at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-thrifty-meaningful-gifts-for-mom">9 Thrifty, Meaningful Gifts for Mom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle living well Mother's day mothers rest time management Mon, 02 May 2011 10:24:26 +0000 Parenting Squad 533893 at http://www.wisebread.com The Buy-Nothing Lifestyle: Lessons from a Frugal Experiment http://www.wisebread.com/the-buy-nothing-lifestyle-lessons-from-a-frugal-experiment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-buy-nothing-lifestyle-lessons-from-a-frugal-experiment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009438271Smallcr.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Could you be ready for a lower-cost lifestyle? During the start of the year, many people resolve to make positive changes in their lives. They usually take on the goal to lose weight or to reduce their debt. But what about the &quot;no buy&quot; lifestyle? This sounds pretty extreme or somewhat absurd, but there are people who seem up to the challenge.</p> <p>For instance, there's David Hochman, who was able to get through a whole month without spending beyond $100. In fact, his entire family was part of this frugal experiment. Their rules were simple: Other than the bare essentials, like fresh milk and fruit, the Hochman family would do its best not to buy anything.</p> <p>While this sounds like a pretty extreme way of cutting costs, realize that this was just an experiment to determine how feasible it was to live on very little. (Although <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ready-for-extreme-saving-money-saving-advice-for-an-extreme-economy">extreme saving</a> is somewhat of a sport for some people.) David Hochman's<a href="http://www.rd.com/home-garden/hochman-family-cuts-spending/article99718.html"> <em>Reader's Digest</em> narration</a> of his family's adventures reveals he learned quite a few things, among them:</p> <ol> <li>Their cupboards had a LOT of food that got them through the month. David's most priceless find: a can of black beans.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The free food samples at Costco helped them get by with less.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They could score some free stuff by answering surveys from sites&nbsp;like MySurvey.com.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A plumbing emergency could actually be solved by a shot of dishwashing liquid poured into boiling water and poured down a drain that was threatening to regurgitate sewage.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>There are generous people out there who are willing to give useful things away. For instance, someone offered a free 52-inch plasma TV on Craigslist. (Well, the benefactor just didn't want his ex-wife to get the TV during their divorce proceedings, but that's another story.)</li> </ol> <p>Towards the end of their frugal-living adventure, David and his family found it more and more difficult to keep things together. The pressure of sticking to this financial challenge was starting to affect their relationships, leading to frayed nerves. By the end of the month, they were bickering, feeling irritable and stressed out. Clearly, there is a downside to radical savings methods and forcing ourselves to adapt to very stringent, limited budgets.</p> <p>On the other hand, there were also a lot of valuable lessons learned from this experience. Things turned out differently for David once the experiment was over. He had expected his family to return to its previous spending habits, but they didn't. Instead, David's family members stayed close to home and learned how to keep their frugal habits in place. Their experience with extreme frugal living allowed David and his family to realize that they could live on much less and to appreciate the things that they already have. By these measures, this experiment was a success.</p> <p>David recalled a rich person once telling him, &quot;Money is important only if you don't have any.&quot; Indeed, that can be a bit of a paradox: Most of us actually have so much, but it's a pity that we don't always appreciate the things we already have.</p> <p>For more examples of extreme savings challenges, check out this <a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/buzz/Cheap-Chick-Extreme-Savings-Challenge-nov-9-2010">list of one-year challenges</a> that other folks have embarked on. Here's a look at a few of them:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thecompact/">The Compact</a> is a group of people from San Francisco who've made the commitment not to buy anything new for an entire year.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.thegreatamericanappareldiet.com/">The Great American Apparel Diet</a> is an ongoing pledge you can make that involves not buying any new clothes for a year.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What about promising to skip on dining out and entertainment for a year? Check out this blog called noteatingoutinny.com/.</li> </ul> <p><em>So how about you? Could you possibly learn to live on much less?</em>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/silicon-valley-blogger">Silicon Valley Blogger</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-buy-nothing-lifestyle-lessons-from-a-frugal-experiment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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