Mumsnet users share how they relax when they have 10 minutes spare with Nintendo

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LibbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 28-Oct-20 11:05:45

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For parents, little moments of relaxation can be few and far between, if they happen at all! Reaching the bottom of your never-ending to-do list is a good enough excuse for a little celebration to cherish the spare moment of having some me-time. With this in mind, Nintendo would like to hear how you relax when you have a few minutes to spare.

Here’s what Nintendo has to say: “It’s not easy to switch off when you’ve had a hectic day but it is important to spend some precious moments on yourself even if that means ten minutes with a cup of tea on the sofa. But what if you could spend those ten minutes escaping to a deserted island? Sit back and relax in a calming world that enjoys the slower pace of life whilst you build up your island however you want in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”

What do you do to relax when you have as little as 10 minutes to spare? Do you take the opportunity to have a quick power nap before you’re inevitably interrupted by your babbling toddler or disgruntled teenager? Perhaps you call your friend for a well needed gossip catch-up? Or maybe you pick up and dust off that book you bought months ago which you have never got around to reading?

Whether you go for a head-clearing walk, scroll through social media or play a quick video game, share on the thread below to be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 voucher for the store of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck!


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Hopezibah Wed 28-Oct-20 21:29:25

I always tell myself than even 5 or 10 minutes doing something for me is worth it and makes a difference to how I feel. I often don't even get the time for a cuppa so that is my starting point for a treat and a bit of me time. Having a book on the go also gives me something to look forward to for when I have a spare 10 minutes.

Dangermouse80 Thu 29-Oct-20 06:44:04

Ideal me time is 10 minutes sit down with a coffee and play a game on my phone. Keeps my mind active and clears my head of the days to do list!!

BristolMum96 Thu 29-Oct-20 08:18:17

10 mins of mumsnet on my iPad grin

ShowerOfShite Thu 29-Oct-20 08:23:35

If I have 10 minutes I relax with a caramel cappuccino and literally zone out on the sofa with the dog. My mind kind of drifts, it's lovely.

Beagledbybeagle Thu 29-Oct-20 11:16:34

I pick up my book with good intentions of reading it and then start daydreaming.

MakeTeaNotWar Thu 29-Oct-20 11:31:49

Cup of tea and mindless scrolling on the internet!


ForeverAlone1987 Thu 29-Oct-20 12:01:39

I get my tablet and do a colouring game on it. Its the only thing that can relax me

shumway Thu 29-Oct-20 12:07:00

Watch tv while knitting or read a novel on my kindle or browse good old Mumsnet.

Katlow Thu 29-Oct-20 12:11:20

It's a toss up between a good book on the Kindle or Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition on the switch.
Also love a bit of mindless scrolling through Reddit & mumsnet!

decadance Thu 29-Oct-20 12:13:51

cup of tea and mumsnet

Finchbon Thu 29-Oct-20 12:47:24

I'm a sucker for those "idle" games. Idle tycoon, idle miner. I love them because they self play when you are off line and you can just dip in and out

GregoryHouse Thu 29-Oct-20 13:47:18

I either sit and read a book or have a scroll through mumsnet with a coffee. Particularly the Christmas bargain thread which usually leads to me clicking and following links all over the internet looking at the bargains!

JulesJules Thu 29-Oct-20 14:46:21

Cup of tea and a book... Or maybe a quick scroll through Active Convos

TheresALight Thu 29-Oct-20 15:26:01

I often spend a spare 10 minutes browsing mumsnet on my phone or doing a bit of online 'window shopping'. However, I'm realising that doing this isn't actually all thay relaxing as my brain is still whirring! So I've got an adult sticker book (as an tiny mosaic stickers, not rude ones!), and a blank notebook which I can use as a diary if I need to use my 10 minutes to unpack my brain jotting down ideas, to do lists or remembering the sweet things the kids have done before I get back to the rest of the day!

billybear Thu 29-Oct-20 15:49:48

long hot bath candles lovely bubble bath music on no phones door locked peace at last then i wake up and ive dreamt i had some peace and quite

Lindy2 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:01:10

I sit on my sofa and close my eyes for 10 minutes.

I usually have to set my alarm though just incase the 10 minute power nap accidentally turns in to a full sleep. grin

lolly2011 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:02:05

A nice hot bath or a quite read in my bedroom to have a bit of peace and quiet.

jitterbugintomybrain Thu 29-Oct-20 16:18:06

Cup of tea and my phone

sheilads105 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:46:58

I have a look at the day's crossword. It keeps my brain active and also takes my mind off the day-to-day...very relaxing. All day to do (or try to) the Guardian crossword , in short bursts is heavenly.

EvilHerbivore Thu 29-Oct-20 16:49:25

Brew , biscuits and mindless Internet use 😁

from2metersthrowmeasweet Thu 29-Oct-20 17:25:32

Mumsnet ands hot coffee x
I don't get much downtime as I have a disabled child so I make every coffee count 🤣

Daffodil2016 Thu 29-Oct-20 17:45:52

A good book and a cuppa!

fishnships Thu 29-Oct-20 18:49:13

Mumsnet and a coffee for me too!

NeverTwerkNaked Thu 29-Oct-20 19:38:46

Play Minecraft blush (the children got me hooked), Mumsnet, message my sister...

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