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Care.com Interview Series: Mom-Stress Busters

Morgan Burke
June 8, 2017

5 moms share what they would do with 30 minutes of alone time.



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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.'
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
June 25, 2013

Don't sweat the small stuff is what I learned. Things happen. Another is prepare for the worst and keep a schedule which allows for delays. Delegating some responsibilities to older children is also a big help. If they are young and I need a breather, I play 1,2,3 Quiet House. The first person that talks or move out of their place is \

Nov. 4, 2012

Very useful and helpful. Every mother can relate to this article. Thank you.

Nov. 2, 2012

I run a hot tub, I have a huge bath, and I add 5 different minerals ,a little bit of spa bubbles and presto 5 minutes later a full tub with beautiful background music, and hot white towels on my face and wait about 20 minutes, after put lavender oil all over rub it off then spray my sheets and all over lavender and go rest in bed...brush my hair and cream my skin.. perfect.....happy rested...spray your room with lavender and you are ready for heaven...

Oct. 26, 2012

i am a ex emt out of williams county ohio and was one for 11 years and also still keep up with the medical part of ems even though i am not certified no more and i am currently baby sitting for a 2 1/2 yr old and a 4 year old part time but am open to a full time sitting job i am currently seeking work due to getting hurt on the job and have permint restrictions for my right shoulder so i was let go of my factory job

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