Tantrum? 5 ways to keep your cool

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.

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