1. Phone a friend
A problem shared is a problem halved — a quick chat with someone who understands your predicament will help you see the funny side.
2. Eat a banana
It’s high in potassium, which keeps blood-sugar levels up and helps regulate blood pressure.
3. Dance to an upbeat song
A quick blast of your favourite tune will change your mood. Taylor Swift can be a great distraction!
4. Pour yourself a cup of black tea
It decreases the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body and gets you to sit and sip quietly for a minute.
5. Lose yourself in lavender
A spritz is proven to lower heart rates and blood pressure.
Want more tips on staying calm while parenting?
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, by Laura Markham, $17.79.
Keep Calm and Parent On, by Emma Jenner, $29.91.
Becoming a Calm Mom, by Deborah Roth Ledley, $21.64.
Screamfree Parenting, by Hal Edward Runkel, $16.66.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $20.71.