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What helps you juggle work and family? What's your favorite quick stress reducer? Have you found a way to squeeze in some 'me' time into your busy schedule? Share your tips!


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  • I clean my bathroom while the boys are in the tub....I am stuck sitting there anyway, may as well keep busy!

    by Angela on 6th June 2008
  • I've started heading to the local park on my lunchbreak. Eating while I sit in the sunshine and watch the ducks swimming is so much more relaxing than staying at work to eat!

    by Amanda1023 on 23rd May 2009
  • Stuck at a red light? Feeling your blood pressure rising? De-stress by training yourself to think of something positive you can associate with stop lights, then use that image to discharge tension. I take a deep breath, exhale, and think of how the green and red lights remind me of our Christmas tree when I was a kid. It's amazing how I don't notice how tense I am until I do this. It's also amazing how something most drivers dread -- stop lights -- can become a nice spot to take a short break. It's just a matter of changing your attitude.

    by Diane on 21st June 2008
  • Routine is my lifesaver. When school starts, my eldest goes back to college, my (disabled) teen starts high school, and I go back into the classroom, too. We depend on routine to keep us sane and get everything done. Morning routine: creakfast (together), then teen on the bus, then straight to school for me. This extra morning time built into my routine is another lifesaver; it allows me to leave right after school.

    by Daisy on 7th July 2008
  • I spent $300 on a little freezer so I could cook our favorite casseroles ahead of time and freeze them! I also am now able to buy more meat and poultry when I find it on sale.

    by JenX on 7th July 2008
  • Buy an extra set of cones and collection bottles for your breast pump, so you can always have a clean set ready to go.

    by Work It, Mom! Team on 6th June 2008
  • We use a food saver and plan our meals. The food saver is that thing that sucks the air out of the bags to keep your food fresh. It's great for fresh vegetables. So we chop our vegetables one night and save them in the saver. This keeps them fresh and then all we have to do to cook them is slice open a bag, which saves time and messes during the week. If I make spaghetti one night, I make enough for 2-3 weeks and save the extra for the following week in the food saver. Again, this way, all I have to do is pop open a bad and reheat the following week.

    by oceans mom on 12th June 2008
  • Realize it's okay to say no! Sounds simple, but it's easy to overcommit.

    by piepie on 17th July 2008