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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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  • Medela's Quick Clean Micro Steam bags are great for sanitizing breast pump parts at work, but you can also use them at home to zap the bottles, pacifiers, and teethers.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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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
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  • stop writting the same grocery list over and over and over... make a grocery list that goes in the same order as your grocery store.. then just highlight the items you want to pick up. You can even post it on the refigerator so when someone uses the last of something they just highlight it. Imagine being able to just grab your grocery list off the fridge and heading out the door.. It's a great feeling. Give it a try. Takes a little time to get it made up and saves you tons of time from there on.

    by Coach Erin on 22nd September 2009
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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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  • Stretch as soon as you wake up. It gets the blood flowing, clears your head, and makes it easier to start functioning first thing in the morning.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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  • 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
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  • Every day something stressful happens. That's the way it is when you have five kids. Every day is a challenge just to cope. And every day I stop and think, in my most hurried times, my most stressful times, of just how lucky I am. Today my children are alive and healthy. Today I am alive and healthy. Yesterday at the end of my driveway while holding a yard sale to which not many buyers came, a friend stopped to say hello. She mentioned her son had just graduated last week. I remembered what she told me 7 years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I just want to see my son graduate from high school." "Hey, you got your wish," I said. We hugged. Every day something stressful happens and I think I just can cope, and then I remember the day late in August when my good friend called to tell me her father had died. My throat tightened and I couldn't speak. And she knew from my silence that something else was wrong. She probed, through her own tears, until I finally said I just learned from my doctor today that I have breast cancer. Through all the worries, all the stress, all the little and big troubles, I am grateful, every day, for each day I have to enjoy my life and my family.

    by Joyce Strong on 14th June 2009
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  • Each day when I get home from work, I immediately take care of all the details that need to be dispensed with for the next day. I check my son's homework, make his lunch for the next day and put it in the refrigerator, make sure my daughter's bag is packed for daycare, and make sure my bag is packed for work the next day. Once that's out of the way, I can relax, cook dinner with my son, and enjoy the time with my family without worrying about what needs to be done for the next day.

    by DSMom on 11th May 2009
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