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what do working mums do to calm down/relax?

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MascaraOHara Thu 18-Aug-05 19:50:21

How do you calm down/relax/unwind?

Stressed out, the house is a mess, dinner needs cooking, dd has only just gone to bed and I am knackered! Not to mention the pile of ironing and washing

hercules Thu 18-Aug-05 19:53:23


Aimsmum Thu 18-Aug-05 19:54:03

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chatee Thu 18-Aug-05 19:54:15

mumsnet too.....

morningpaper Thu 18-Aug-05 19:55:21

Weekend gardening! (Only work part-time though)

Easy Thu 18-Aug-05 19:58:22


Get a cleaning lady, or at least an ironing lady. Coming home one day a week to a completely clean house is wonderful.

And you get fun, trying to work out where she's tidied your things to .

Gillian76 Thu 18-Aug-05 19:59:53

I dream about a cleaning lady... How much would I pay for one? (per hour?)

Aragon Thu 18-Aug-05 20:01:03

Mumsnet is good although I try hard to stay away from anything too contentious (don't always manage this though).


SWIMMING. I love it. I go latish in the evening when the pool is half empty. I take my time. I do 50 lengths and put the world to rights in my head while I do so.

Whizzz Thu 18-Aug-05 20:03:04

Mumsnet or make cards !!

And the odd glass of white wine !

Easy Thu 18-Aug-05 20:04:47

Budget about £5 per hour. Probably more in London I guess.

My lady is wonderful. Try a small ad in your local paper, or post office. Make sure you know where she lives (offer to drop round with a letter when you offer her the job), and ask for references from someone she has worked for (again with an address you can visit, or a landline phone number you can ring).

expatinscotland Thu 18-Aug-05 20:08:20

Candles! Good bath foams! Good books!

compo Thu 18-Aug-05 20:09:33

chocolate and wine, trashy mags and trashy TV like Supernanny, Big Brother, X Factor, soaps

expatinscotland Thu 18-Aug-05 20:10:15

Nail varnish. Face masks. trashy TV.

MascaraOHara Thu 18-Aug-05 20:32:17

I've decided not to do anything tonight. The house is a mess but I've promised myself if i do nothing tonight I will have a blitz at the weekend.

greenbean Thu 18-Aug-05 21:30:12

yeah, a glass of wine and a good book .

nooka Thu 18-Aug-05 21:51:12

Well I would be watching rubbish on tele, but dh and kids have hidden the remote!!! Arghhh! I can't cope! .

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