Mental-health breaks for mom, the ultimate caregiver

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, America will take time to celebrate 10 million mothers. Many mothers not only care for their children, but their parents, as well. The following list is intended to make you think back to a simpler time in your past, and possibly one in your future. Use them sparingly (one at a time), or be a glutton (overdose on all of them at the same time). The goal here is to make you feel better. If you really want to make yourself feel better, use this as a “to do” list.

  • Laughing hard
  • A hot shower
  • No lines at Wal-Mart
  • Getting mail other than bills or junk mail
  • Taking a drive on a pretty road
  • Hearing your favorite song on the radio
  • Lying in bed listening to the rain outside
  • Hot towels out of the dryer
  • Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price
  • Chocolate (or vanilla) milkshake
  • A bubble bath
  • A good conversation
  • The beach
  • Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter
  • Laughing at yourself
  • Running through sprinklers
  • Laughing for absolutely no reason at all
  • Friends
  • Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you
  • Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep
  • Making new friends or spending time with old ones
  • Playing with a new puppy
  • Sweet dreams
  • Hot chocolate
  • Road trips with friends
  • Swinging on swings
  • Wrapping presents under the Christmas tree while eating cookies and drinking eggnog
  • Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along without feeling stupid
  • Going to a really good concert
  • Winning a really competitive game
  • Making chocolate-chip cookies
  • Spending time with close friends
  • Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from those friends
  • Holding hands with someone you care about
  • Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change
  • Riding the best roller coasters over and over
  • Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much-desired present from you
  • Watching the sunrise
  • Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God for another beautiful day
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