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Five Tips To Help Handle Stress and Stay Happy!

Friends, thanks so much for all of the great feedback and support for my Non-Labor day weekend. It got me thinking that all of us mamas (and daddys) out there need to take some time for ourselves.

And it made me think of Tiffany. Sweet Tiffany–the best “life coach” you’ll ever meet. In fact she likes to think of herself more as a change agent or a magic maker who believes that everyone can live their happiest, most sparkly life, starting NOW.  Hells YEAH!

And Miss Tiffany collected her top five tips to help center and de-stress parents. So, without further adieu, here are the wonderful tips from Miss Tiff!

Hi everyone! It’s Tiffany. Here are my Top Five Tips for Helping You Handle Stress and Stay Happy!
1. Count your blessings. Literally.

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Gratitude Journal
from Chronicle Books

A Gratitude Practice requires just that — practice. Take a moment out of each day to note three things, big or small, that you are grateful for. A list of three is usually a good place to start.

2. Play dress up even if you don’t feel like it.

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Photo by Stefanie Renee

Play dress up is my life coach-y way of making take care of yourself sound fun. The key to taking care of yourself is to recognize what small things you need to feel better about your day, to feel more you, less Jack’s mom. If a pretty dress will do the trick, go for it! If a morning meditation class or cup of tea will do it, go with that. The key is finding small things you can do each day to help you get to your happier place.

3. Don’t forget to have fun!

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One of my favorite things about kids (and dogs while we’re at it) is that everything they do tends to happen based on the potential for fun. The park: fun. Reading: fun. Cleaning up: yeah, not so fun…unless it can become FUN! Figure out what seems fun to you and then see how you can make it fun for the kids too! (For me, daily dance parties are a MUST!)

Spend a day following the fun and see what happens. You never know, it could end up being really…fun and who doesn’t need more fun in their lives?

4. Take a break.

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Just 15 minutes a day can make the difference between feeling pulled and stressed and being able to feel centered and grounded. Turn off the tv, put away the must-get-dones and take a few minutes to just be. Breathe. Sit. Be.

Stillness can be the thing that creates more energy and space for actually getting things done.

5. New motto: Extra + Early = Easy

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Photo by Shutterbean

When things start getting harried, let easy and extra do the driving. Heading out with the kids for a playdate? Start prepping a few minutes early, just to give yourself a little extra room.

Cooking everyone’s favorite for dinner? Double the recipe and pop the extra servings in the freezer for a quick dinner when time is short. See Tracy’s frozen burritos for inspiration!

What are your favorite tips for handling stress and staying happy?

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Thanks, Tiffany! Just what I needed to hear!  If you ever have any life decisions that you are having a tough time making, I highly suggest going to Tiffany.  BTW, Tiffany realized one of her dreams when she co-founded Teahouse Studio, a creative workshop space in Berkeley. Alix and I have both taken workshops there and it’s a spectacular space! Find out more at her websitefacebook or twitter.

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  1. Alix says

    This is so smart and fab, Tiffany! You are reminding me of this app I downloaded AGES ago called Gratitude. It’s pretty cute….you track your daily happiness and write down what you are grateful for. It’s a great way to focus on the good things that happen in your day!

  2. tracy says

    Oh wowz!!! I love me some Tiffany! Hoping to get her as my life coach if I can get my act together! In the meantime, I’m gonna get dressed up, dance around the house and eat a burrito from my freezer. Thanks ladies!! xoxoxo

  3. polly says

    Dressing up is SO true! Especially for a work-at-homer like me, it’s easy to forget that I can look cute, and for whatever reason, it really does make a difference if I put on something other than yoga pants. Thanks for the tips!

  4. liz says

    Thank you for sharing this!! I need this :) I’ve been feeling super stressed and needed some fresh tips and perspective.

  5. Dottie says

    This post really resonated with me and I gotta say it was the reason I wore make up this morning. It’s the little things that can go a long way to feeling more secure and confident!

    Tiffany, you ROCK!!!!

  6. Tiffany says

    Awww, thanks to all of you!! I’m so glad you found the tips helpful! And HUGE thanks especially to Dottie and Alix for being so welcoming!

    Now, let’s all go put our dancin’ shoes on!

  7. Mama Pike says

    These tips are very useful. I think it is also helpful to adopt a “Done Is Better Than Perfect” attitude when you are under extra stress. Do the best you can with a lot of the daily tasks that still need to be done and be happy with the results. For instance, I did a post last week on feeling overwhelmed with a simple thing like cleaning a closet. If you want to check it out you can go to:

    http://www.mamapike.com/2011/09/hallway-closet-havoc.html

    Thanks for sharing such an uplifting message..



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