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10 Things Moms Would Really Love To Do Alone

10 Things Moms Would Really Love To Do Alone

Being a mom is extremely rewarding, exciting and lots of fun, but it can also be very hard work. In fact it is a 24/7 job, leaving moms with very little time left to themselves – check out 10 things moms would really love to do alone.

1. They Would Love To Eat A Meal Alone

Sometimes you just want to eat a quick sandwich, without having to give at least half of it to your curious child. You can’t even finish off a glass of orange juice without someone else having a quick sip and sticking their fingers in it.

Every so often, you sit in your car and take 10 minutes to slowly enjoy a bar of chocolate to yourself – ahhh, bliss!

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2. They Would Like To Do Their Make-Up Alone

They say putting make-up on while you’re in the car is hard – try doing it with a toddler hanging off your arm. Now you have a child, lip liner and eyeliner are for special occasions; trying to put them on while your child grabs your hand leaves you looking like the Joker from Batman.

You really appreciate any chance you get to put on make-up alone now – which is something you never thought you would appreciate.

3. They Would Love To Watch Something On TV

Most of your TV viewing is re-runs of cartoons, so getting the opportunity to choose what’s on the TV is exhilarating. Trashy reality TV, or a cheesy soap – your kids find them boring and your partner silently judges you for watching them, so they are saved for your rare, peaceful moments alone.

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4. They Would Like To Read Alone

Getting the chance to sit down and have a good read is something of the past for most moms, as there simply isn’t the time. Most of the reading you do is to your children, but about once a year you get to snuggle down with a good book – and it is simply the best night of the year.

5. They Would Love To Go To The Toilet Alone

Children are the only humans who don’t understand bathroom etiquette, so you are used to going to the toilet with an audience.

On the rare occasions that your child is having too much fun to join you, you treat the bathroom as a holiday. You can check your messages and emails, and flick through a magazine – who knew how much fun you could have in there?!

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6. They Would Like To Check Their Email Alone

Going on your laptop around a child can be very tense; spend too much attention on the laptop and your child may try to take it for themselves, which normally ends in tears – your own, of course.

It isn’t very fun explaining to your child why you’re emailing your boss, either; they will pull a face that makes you feel very boring and uncool.

7. They Would Love To Shower Alone

Many moms dream of a long, luxurious, hot shower, but any shower without interruptions is a good one. If you manage to wash your whole body and hair in between random conversations with your child as they walk in, you feel pretty proud and accomplished – but you’re pretty sure it will be another few years before you actually get to spend more than five minutes in the shower at a time.

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8. They Would Like To Fly Alone

Plane journeys as a mom are high stress; looking after passports and boarding with children can be a real struggle. As you try to entertain your children for 4 hours while you fly, you fondly reminisce on the days when you could just order a drink and have a flick through a magazine.

9. They Would Love To Shop Alone

If you do the weekly shop with your children, you know that shopping alone is truly a holiday in itself. You feel so carefree you almost don’t know what to do with yourself. You never knew that doing the food shop could be so much fun – you could easily spend half an hour each in the cosmetic and snack isles alone.

10. They Would Like To Drive Alone

Most of your car journeys are filled with non-stop requests from your children and the Frozen soundtrack on repeat.

Whenever you get to drive alone you put on your favorite album, savor the lack of questions and even buy a drive thru coffee – perfect!

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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