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10 Stress-Busting Tips from Moms Like You

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Take a Day Off

Q: How's it going? Check in and compare your stress level with that of other parents.

Total meltdown - I've lost it!

Maximum - ready to go ballistic.

High - too much to do, too little time.

Normal - a good day.

Mellow - very relaxed.

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Whether you stay at home or work outside the home, when is the last time you took a mental health day? Leave the kids with a relative or sitter for the day or take a personal day from work – you never get time to yourself. Scout out a shoe sale, see a chick flick alone, buy yourself fresh flowers, or even take a nap – make your day off really count!

One mom says: "Sometimes it's just plain OK to put the kids in daycare or have the sitter come so you can spend the day in the bookstore or shopping. It certainly won't harm the kids. It really helps you be a better parent when you get some alone time. You don't feel resentful. DON'T FEEL GUILTY!!!"

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