It’s easy for others to tell you to “stay cool” but not so easy for you to do! We give you five simple ways…


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.

Photo: iStock

My toddler is still crying in preschool!

Moving overseas: Help your child settle in

7 sure-fire tips to make your toddler smile for photos