12 Ways to Spend Time with (and by) Yourself

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Scheduling some "me time" for yourself is much easier said than done. After all, motherhood is a job that requires you to put basically every single other person's needs in front of yours. However, for the sake of your mental health, maybe it's time to take yourself out on a date or two. Make time this week to do at least one of the following activities by yourself.

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Catch a flick. While the kids are at school, catch a cheap matinee show. Better yet, have hubby take care of the kids on a Saturday afternoon and go catch that movie you've been dying to see. Going to the movies solo is a great experience — no one to share snacks with, no one to talk over a crucial part of a movie, no one to offer "insightful" comments after every scene.

Master a skill you've been meaning to learn. Whether it be mastering the spiderwoman pusup or finally knitting that scarf, take some time out of your day to practice that skill.

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Stroll down memory lane. Whether it's browsing through an old yearbook, watching old home videos of your kids or scouring the web for your favorite childhood TV programs, taking a stroll down memory lane could do you some good. The old yearning of nostalgia will tug at your heartstrings, pushing you to appreciate the here and now.

Do a good deed. Go through your closet and donate all the extra or old stuff to Goodwill. Or use your free time to volunteer! Click here or do a quick Google search to discover ways to get involved in your community. If all goes well, consider letting the kids join you next time.

Take a fancy bath. There are few things more relaxing than a warm bubble bath complete with dimmed lighting, candles, aromatherapy and bath salts. Take your favorite book or put on some soft tunes for the full experience.

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Work on your fitness. Looking for a pick-me-up? Hit the gym (or your living room)! Get your heart pumping and your blood flowing to release those magical feel-good endorphins. Not only is working out a great stress reliever, but you'll also be bettering your health! It's a win-win. Try yoga to connect your body to your spiritual side.

Make something on your Pinterest board. How many DIY crafts have you pinned and then completely forgotten about? Or maybe it's a delectable chocolate cake recipe. Pick one thing from your Pinterest board and make it! Need some pinspiration? Check out Skinny Mom's Pinterest by clicking here.

Get comfy at a bookstore or library. There's nothing like the sight of thousands of books lined up next to each other, the sound of a book being cracked open, or even the smell of pages turning one after another. It might take you back to your childhood. Maybe it simply relaxes you. Whatever it is, curl up with a good book and just read.

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Color! Did you know that studies have shown that adults who color are less stressed than other adults? It's true! Grab one of your kids' coloring books, or check out this bestselling adult-friendly coloring book to melt some stress away. If you're more artistically inclined and simply coloring in between the lines is a little too basic, do whatever art project your heart desires.

Daydream. Cloud- or stargazing are great ways to clear your mind. See what shapes you can find in the clouds or try to find constellations in the stars; it will take your mind off your daily stress levels.

Go shopping. The magic words. Find a cute fitness top or gym shoes for your next workout. Better yet, hit up the dollar store. Perusing the shelves by yourself for even just 20 minutes to half an hour can give you the "me time" you've been craving.

Marathon time. And no, we're not talking about the 26.2 miles type of marathon. We're talking about a Netflix, HBOGO or DVR marathon! This is the perfect excuse to catch up on your favorite TV show — or discover a new one.