Twins: 17 tips for staying sane under twin stress

One vital stress reducer is getting recognition for one's work, regardless of its nature or whether the family roles are traditional or nontraditional. A simple "thanks for trying" to the parent on night duty goes further and accomplishes more than criticism, even when your babies are still wailing at 3 am.

In fact, showing appreciation for each other's efforts and sensitivity to each other's needs helps make all the other stress more bearable. At times, of course, even the best stress-control techniques may seem of little use. As one harried mother remarked, "It's hard work to relax!" Much as we might wish, there are simply no instant formulas for perfect peace of mind. But the process of discovering what works for you and your family can transform stress into strength and trauma into triumph.

Staying Sane -- 17 Do's and Don'ts

Do

  1. Schedule a consultation with a TWINLINE counselor.
  2. Ask for help from friends, relatives, sitters, community services and other families with multiples.
  3. Sleep whenever you can.
  4. Eat well.
  5. Get regular exercise. Try walking, jogging, swimming, yoga, aerobics, dancing, or anything else you enjoy.
  6. Take "sacred" time for yourself, on a daily or weekly basis.
  7. Keep expectations realistic and flexible.
  8. Finish one task before starting others.
  9. Trust yourself.
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