5 Tips to Get the Stress Out

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Tip 1: "Done" Is Better Than "Perfect"

A relaxed person is better company than a harried maniac, so cut corners wherever you can. When planning vacations, think about what will make everyone happy instead of what sounds exciting. (When I ask my kids what they liked most about our once-in-a-lifetime road trip across the American West three years ago, they say, "Cable television and the hotel pool.") When entertaining, forget about the 29-ingredient recipe you found online and stick with your make-ahead lasagna. Clean only the rooms where the party will take place and close the bedroom and family bathroom doors. Says Dr. Wheeler: "They're private for a reason."

Continued on page 4:  Tip 2: Set a Slacker Example

 

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