How Real Women Stress Less

By Jessica Reinhart


Let’s face it, life can feel like a tornado. Whatever we’re juggling—kids, bills, work—we all live with stress. Expert tips for tackling the stuff abound, but RedPlum wondered how real women handle the pressure of life in the fast lane? We went straight to the source and asked three successful women how they keep stress at bay.

Carolyn Calvert is an assistant film editor who has worked on high profile movies, such as The DaVinci Code, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She is also the mother of two young girls. Her stress-busting advice? "I concentrate on one thing at a time. Looking only one step ahead seems to lessen the burden a bit," says Calvert. "And don't sweat the little things…It will never all get done and it will never be done perfectly. So do your best, but cut yourself a break."

Christian Weems knows a thing or two about stress. She’s mother to five (yep, five!) children, and recently launched a company called Lizzie Larue, which designs, produces and sells adorable hair accessories for girls. How does she keep stress in check? "I keep a journal," Weems says. "I take time to reflect on the events of the day, and often recognize ways I could have been more efficient to make the day better. I also write what I am grateful for. It’s easy to be negative, but when I take time to recognize the simple blessings in my life it gives perspective to an often exhausting day."

Shannon McHugh has a two- and -a-half -year-old daughter and is a writer and producer and head of her own company whose clients include A&E Television. How does she unwind from a whirlwind day? "I take time to be with my husband and friends," she says. "Whether I’m going out for dinner with my husband, or going for manicures and pedicures with girlfriends, me time is important."

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