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Relax and take the stress off of motherhood

Being a wife, mother, career woman, party planner, cook, house cleaner, and/or chauffeur is as much rewarding as it can also be stressful.

Candi Wingate, president of Nannies4hire, says "Busy moms have a lot in common with circus performers. We have to juggle many balls in the air and we worry that it's all going to come crashing down at any moment. Add some crying babies, toddlers melting down and kids needing help with homework or rides to soccer practice and your life often feels like a three-ring circus."

To better balance these roles as well as keep your sanity there are a number of things you can do. Here is some of the advice Wingate shares for all hardworking moms:

  • Rely on help with childcare. For instance, nannies are able to shuttle kids to school and handle other activities such as errands and housework. Delegate some responsibilities so you can spend your limited time on things you want to do - like playing with your kids.
  • Don't forget to take care of yourself. A mother's inclination is to care for her children, husband, friends and colleagues which leaves no time to care of herself.
  • Eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. When mom isn't feeling her best, she's much more likely to feel overwhelmed, but when she feels good, she'll be better equipped to deal with the hectic schedules.
  • Say "no" to the less important things. Would it be nice to have a spotless house, be the president of the PTA, make all your children's dinners every night, do volunteer work in the community, and get a raise and promotion at work? Sure. But, of course, it's not realistic to accomplish all of these things. Decide what's most important and do that. Delegate what you can. And don't worry about the rest.

Sounds like good advice.

As a mother, what do you do to relax and manage the stresses that come with the job?