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10 Stress-Busting Tips from Moms Like You

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Make a Date with Yourself


Along the same lines as taking a mental health day, make a date with yourself. Ask your partner or a friend or relative to take the kids out for an evening while you stay in and have a grown-up dinner or a glass of wine. Put your feet up and shut your cell phone off!

One single mom says: "I take a Friday night when my kids aren't home (they're having an overnight with a friend, they're at their dad's house, or they're just out for the evening) and make myself a really nice dinner (or get really good takeout). I set the table, use a cloth napkin, light candles, and enjoy a quiet dinner with a glass of wine by myself. Then I take my glass of wine and a rented movie, change into a fresh pair of my favorite pajamas, and settle myself comfortably in my bed. Ahhhhh..."

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