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      The Practicing Parent: Relaxation Tips

      Practicing Parents, if you're anything like me once i get home, it's kids crying, endless laundry and i haven't even begun to think of what i'm going to serve for dinner. There's no doubt, parenting is stressful.

      Everybody could use a little more time to relax, but what you may not realize is how easy it is to work in some relaxation techniques, even on the most hectic of days.

      Dr. Mladen Golubic teaches relaxation techniques at the Cleveland Clinic. He says the first thing you can do is smile more - even if you don't feel like smiling.

      "The analogy that I use is you cannot have stress in a relaxed body. So, even if you relax your face and facial muscles, which there are many of them and they are very integrated, the message to the brain is quite intense," Golubic said.

      Golubic adds another great way to relax is simply breathing. He says taking a deep breath in every once in a while, then smiling when you breathe out, is a great, simple way to relax at any part of the day. He says spending a few minutes meditating, or practicing something like tai-chi or yoga at the beginning or end of the day can also help.

      I asked Practicing Parents online how they de-stress:

      Linda: "Put the babies in a stroller. Take a walk with your camera. These will be among your best shots! WT campus is beautiful this time of the year!"

      Katie: "Throw on my pajamas and indulge in something sweet!"

      Amanda: "Gets away & paints pottery ... After I've put the little one to bed..I take a night off from house work, enjoy a glass of wine and catch up on some tv."

      Amy: "I'm a big reader. Sometimes it's hard with little ones but definitely worth it if you can get even 30 minutes."

      But as your day plays out, Golubic says in order to relax, it's important to figure out what is stressing you out in the first place.

      Find more relaxation tips from Practicing Parents on my facebook page.

      "You might notice that you are tense, you're holding your shoulders like this, yeah? Or maybe your back, so when you notice this you can mentally go and relax yourself."

      And of course, exercise may also help plus you get the added cardiovascular and muscular benefits, too.