4. Me time
Miriam, a married mom of three, has a core group of friends who get together for dinner every two weeks. “It’s my lifeline!” she says. “We drink wine, we bitch about our kids, husbands, boyfriends and jobs, and we laugh and laugh and laugh. We all look so forward to those dinners, and it would take an earthquake or other Act of God for any of us to miss skip one.” Whether it’s a dinner like Miriam and her friends, a weekly manicure, a monthly spa trip or a daily run in the park, everyone—no matter how much you love your kids and partner—needs a little Me time when they can tune out, relax and focus on themselves.