Today is Monday. I bet you thought I forgot that last week I started this whole "Monday's Mental Health Moment" thing. I didn't. In fact, I started thinking about it last week. Not only is it Mental Health Monday in TheOtherMelissaMcCarthy's blogland, this is also the 100th blog post. That calls for a list.
Today, we're going to talk about something near and dear to my heart: Me Time! Everyone needs Me Time. If you are one of those people with kids, a significant other, a job (or several jobs), school, pets, and countless other obligations, you may not even know what I am talking about. As defined by Melissa, me time is time spent doing something you enjoy. It should be something you do for yourself.
In honor of the 100th blog post, I should have made a list of 100 me time activities. I didn't. I stopped at 71 because I'm ready to go to bed and enjoy 8 solid hours of me time. Your homework can be to come up with the other 29.
71 "Me Time" Activity Ideas!
(#1) Take a walk.
(#2) Read a book.
(#3) Treat yourself to a coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or whatever you like.
(#4) Plan a vacation.
(#5) Go for a massage.
(#6) Hop in the car and go for a drive.
(#7) Write in a journal.
(#10) Have I ever told you about Barnes and Noble? You should go there. They don't kick you out for loitering. Trust me on this.
(#11) Play a musical instrument. If you don't know how to play one, take lessons.
(#12) If you have no desire to play an instrument, go find some live music somewhere.
(#13) Ride a bicycle.
(#14) Go to your favorite ice cream shop and get ice cream! (The Pearl here in La Crosse is my personal favorite. I recommend the cotton candy ice cream!)
(#15) Take yourself out to dinner. Go alone. I dare you.
(#16) Make a to-do list.
(#17) Take a nap!
(#18) Have you heard about Netflix? It's amazing how fast 4,500 hours of a television series can add up. I hit the end of a television series and I always think to myself, "That was some incredible me time!"
(#19) Take your dog for a walk.
(#20) Refer to #19: If you don't have a dog, go to the humane society and adopt a dog.
(#21) Refer to #19 and #20: If you don't have a dog and don't want/can't have a dog... sorry about that. You can go to Petco or PetSmart and look around. They let you do that, I think.
(#22) Refer to #21: While you're at Petco, watch the fish. I've been told that can be relaxing.
(#23) Refer to #22: If you have a lot of me time on your hands, you could name all the fish.
(#24) Just about every device you buy these days comes with a camera. Go out and take pictures of stuff.
(#25) Find a spot you like and watch the sunset.
(#26) Explore the wonderful world of Craigslist. There is some interesting stuff on there.
(#27) Watch funny YouTube videos! Like this one:
(#28) You are never too old to color in a coloring book! Ever.
(#29) Write out some handwritten notes to people! A handwritten note is something that can make a person's day, so you're kind of hitting two birds with one stone on this one.
(#30) Walk around the mall and watch people. Just don't be creepy about it. People don't like that.
(#31) Listen to music.
(#32) Watch another funny YouTube video! Like this one:
(#33) Google stuff. Just not your ailments. WebMD gives everyone a brain tumor or cancer and me time shouldn't be stressful.
(#34) Crossword puzzles!
(#35) Watch a favorite movie!
(#36) Refer to #35: Go to the theater and see a movie!
(#37) Write in a journal: Make a list of your favorite moments you've had in life!
(#38) Jump rope!
(#39) Get a pair of binoculars and go explore the great outdoors.
(#40) Refer to #40: You could also spy on your neighbors. Not recommended, but it's a possibility.
(#41) Read the newspaper.
(#42) Watch another funny YouTube video! Like this one:
(#43) Take dance lessons!
(#44) Do Yoga!
(#45) Call someone you haven't talked to in a while. Yes, I said CALL. Facebook and text messaging cannot replace the sound of a human voice.
(#46) Go to Starbucks and get a birthday cake pop. You won't regret it.
(#47) Start a blog!
(#48) One Word: PINTREST!!!
(#49) "Word Chums" is an awesome game you can download on your phone/iPod/tablet/etc. Try it out!
(#50) Go to a store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby and find a project!
(#51) Go to the grocery store and buy one of those "naughty" items you never buy. (We'll talk about why we don't label food as "naughty" in a different blog entry!) My go-to grocery store favorite is Ben and Jerry's ice cream or Oreos and milk!
(#52) Speaking of eating, have you ever tried a Kit Kat?
(#53) Watch another funny video! Like this one:
(#54) Look through old photo albums. If you weren't around in the days when pictures were actually developed into prints, look through photos on your device.
(#55) Refer to #54: If you're looking through photos on your device, upload them to Walgreens, Target, or Shutterfly and order prints! Then, make an album or a scrapbook.
(#56) Look up cheesy jokes!
(#57) Research this day in history!
(#58) Write a poem.
(#59) Read poetry.
(#60) Go to a museum.
(#61) Plant a garden. Weed a garden. Do something in a garden.
(#62) Mow the lawn. (This is not something I ever do. There are people out there who actually enjoy this. I am not judgmental.)
(#63) Go to a sporting event!
(#64) Take a canoe or a kayak out on the water. If you don't have one, you can rent one!
(#65) Do pottery!
(#66) Learn to knit. Apparently, there are lots of YouTube videos on this, too.
(#67) Paint something. Just don't do vandalism or anything. Unless that's what you're into, but again, definitely NOT recommended and don't you ever say it's something Melissa told you to do.
(#68) Go test drive your dream car. Unless you're not licensed to drive a vehicle. This one isn't for you, then.
(#69) Refer to #68: Go-karts!!!
(#70) Find a rock climbing wall. What you do once you find it is entirely up to you. Some people are into that sort of thing. I'd rather sit on the bench and watch.
(#71) Watch another YouTube video! Like this one: