The baby's screaming. The 3-year-old just tipped his spaghetti plate onto his head. The dirty dishes are a mile high. And the dog just peed on the rug. Does this scene sound familiar? Oh right, and you're already 15 minutes late.
A mom's life isn't normal if it isn't stressful. We asked some of our favorite bloggers how they deal with mommy-related stress and what they might do with 30 minutes of uninterrupted downtime (besides sleep!).
Check out these 30-minute Mom-Stress Busters:
And for more helpful tips, check out Care.com's Guide to Managing Stress.
- Just Dance
"I say whatever you like, rock it! I don't worry about someone in the next car thinking my music is dorky or that they'll judge me for car dancing. I figure if it provided me with 10 minutes of small happiness for no money, it was worth it!" -- Colleen Vanier, Mommy Always Wins
See how Colleen finds simple (and free) ways to make herself happy.
- Grocery Shop (Really)
"There is usually some pretty sweet 80s music on the supermarket speakers at 9pm on a Saturday night. I sometimes pretend it is my own karaoke bar/dance club." -- Guru Louise, Rants From Mommyland
See how Guru Louise busts her stress with 'Mommy Timeouts.'
- Let It Out
"I subscribe to the Phyllis Diller recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual." -- Liz Thompson, This Full House
Learn how Liz deals with the never-ending teenage angst in her household.
- Indulge in Guilty Pleasures
"I love frozen yogurt and chocolate ice cream bars right now. I'm girly, I love fashion and to shop, read, waste time on the Internet and watch a great comedy TV show." Heidi Ferrer, Girl to Mom
Read about Heidi's journey and handling stress through her son's medical condition.
- Schedule Time for Silence
"At about 3pm everyday, I pour a cup of coffee and set a timer and tell my kids not to talk to me for 15 minutes until the timer goes off. They totally respect that. That 15 minutes gets me through the rest of the evening." -- Tracy Morrison, Sellabit Mum
See the other ways Tracy makes time for herself when life gets stressful.