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Tips, Sips and Trips

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From Mary:Before I start out each day, I set a specific time for just me. My best time is at 7 p.m. when my day is done. I sit down and pamper myself. I get in a relaxed mood, make myself a nice dinner, sit back and take care of me. By the time I am ready to go to bed, I am mentally satisfied with my accomplishments of the day. I cuddle in for the night, thank God for my abilities and for the day He gave me, and then I go to bed to sleep tight until morning. My philosophy is "You cannot care for someone else until you first care for yourself."

From Jan: I get up at 6 a.m., make myself a pot of tea, and sit sipping tea and reading a few chapters of a book. This is my time, so I only do something for me for an hour. My husband usually does not wake until 8, so this early morning gives me my daily respite. I also take about 30 minutes after I get him in bed at night, have a mug of hot milk and read again.
 
As Mary and Jan prove, respite is something that can be achieved at home on a daily basis; it doesn't necessarily mean taking a week-long cruise. (Although, that would be nice, too.)

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