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10 Stress-Busting Tips from Moms Like You

by Erin Dower

A stressed mom is an unhappy mom. If you're feeling frazzled, frustrated, or drained from the daily grind of being a busy parent, learn some simple stress-relief tips submitted by our readers — other real mothers who have been in your shoes. Please share your own stress-busters and "me time" ideas in the comments section below.

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Start and Finish the Day in Peace

Do you often wonder where the day has gone? In the mad rush to take care of the kids, the hours all blur together. Try to set aside even just a few minutes of meditation or quiet time in your own little corner of your home at the beginning and end of each day. Light an energizing citrus-scented candle in the morning, and a calming lavender-scented candle at night. (Just remember to blow them out!)

One mom says: "Take a few minutes to take some deep breaths, enjoy looking out the window or at a peaceful photo, and focus on something positive at the beginning of the day. I am a mother of six children, and I can tell this works because when I forget to do it, I find myself stopping more often during the day to refocus and get back on a positive track."

Another mom, who swears by taking "five minutes of peace" a day, notes: "By the way, new moms, babies are safe in their cribs. If you need time to 'chill out,' putting your baby in her crib crying for five minutes is much safer than losing your temper with her."

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