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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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  • When I am completely overwhelmed I close my computer, make some tea and re-write my to-do list on a blank piece of paper.

    by Nataly on 6th June 2008
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Always keep a business card in an easy-to-find place in your purse or laptop bag; slip another one into your coat or jacket pocket. If you accidentally leave these things behind while you're out and about -- or if someone takes yours by mistake -- it'll be easier for someone to return them to you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 7th July 2008
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  • Thanksgiving lifesaver! Prep ingredients in advance, package them in smaller portions, and stash them in the fridge. No cutting onions at the last minute!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 24th November 2009
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  • My lifesaver is something easy because it's something that you have to do anyways. I'm a big fan of cooking and love finding new recipes so whenever I can I try to whip up a new recipe for the family for dinner (I try to go for budget friendly recipes). It's fun because I get have feedback from my taste testers and if it's a recipe I found online I can go back to the website and rate or tell what ingredients I switched out to make it more likeable for my family.

    by Lindsey on 8th April 2009
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  • When in doubt, wear your sunglasses!

    by The Ipster on 20th August 2009
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  • Okay, so, I hate cleaning the bathroom but with a potty training kid it has to be done frequently. Now I keep a spray bottle of pepperminty cleaner and a box of baby wipes under the sink; when I'm bathing the kids, I grab a wipe and spray down the sink and counter, wipe, and throw away. I repeat with the toilet area. It takes 2 minutes, I'm in the bathroom anyway, the peppermint makes it smell good, and the wipes are cheaper than "special" cleaning wipes. Win!

    by SisterWisdom.com on 27th June 2009
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  • As a working mom from home I don't have the luxury of transition between work and home. What happens with work can affect how I am with my family at times. When I catch myself overreacting, I give myself the gift of a few moments of silence and reflection. First, I remind myself that my children don't really know or understand what happened before they got home that has put me in a "dark" mood. Then, I ask myself these questions: "Do I really like who I am right now? Is this the person I want to be?" "Am I being in the moment or am I still living in what happened five hours ago?" I tell my children that I had a tough day and I need a little time to ground myself. I take a few minutes off and remove myself. I may take a walk in the garden which instantly changes my perspective or I just step outside and take a few deep cleansing breaths. I drink some water. It takes less than 5-10 minutes and I feel brand new again and ready to re-enter.

    by Yota on 2nd December 2008
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