Miranda Kerr might be married to the elf-tastic Orlando Bloom, but even having a handsome pirate on her team doesn’t make looking after her baby any easier when work and the spotlight come calling. Model Miranda knows the secret to feeling good and staying energised is eating well: “I eat fresh, organic produce as much as I can. It’s important to fill your body with nutritious foods – being healthy on the inside really results in healthy, glowing skin.” If there’s ever a true model mum, it’s got to be Miranda.
Don’t be a control freak
Children are unpredictable, something actress Nicole Kidman knows all about. She and hubby Keith Urban might be two of Australia’s most famous parents, but Nicole’s secret to handling the family and her fame is to stop being such a control freak. She advises all mums to just let go: “When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.” Coming home to The Voice coach Keith Urban every night and being an award-winning mum to an adopted son and daughter with Tom Cruise (as well as two biological daughters with Keith) must be making Nicole extremely happy if her sexy glow is anything to go by. Lucky thing!
Spend time with your friends
Many new mums make the mistake of shutting themselves off from their friends, afraid that their new mummy lifestyle might seem too stressful or boring for those without kids. Naomi Watts knows this is a mistake. Being a mum should never be a solitary venture and spending time with other women was vital for her when she became a mum to her first son in 2007 and her second in 2008: “I always love being in the company of women. It's all about good conversation and great wine.” Sounds good to us, Naomi.
Have a little ‘me time’
Cate Blanchett knows what it’s like to be busy. As a top actress and Sydney Theatre Company ambassador, she has her work cut out for her taking care of her family too. But Cate knows that a little bit of ‘me time’ can help revitalise and refresh: “Like most working mothers, time is sacred. All I can manage is five minutes in the morning and evening to care for my skin, but I'm quite religious about it. It makes me feel good to have that little sanctuary for five minutes.”
Supermodel Elle Macpherson also knows the importance of taking time for herself: “I feel beautiful when I’m at peace with myself. When I’m serene, when I’m a good person, when I’ve been considerate of others.”
Maintain a good work/life balance
All work and no play makes anyone a dull mum, but there’s no chance that model and TV presenter Sarah Murdoch is being called dull. To stop herself burning out after becoming host of Australia’s Next Top Model in 2009, Sarah took time out to focus on her three kids: “Work-wise, it’s been really good to have a break. Everyone assumed I would start another project straight away but my focus is on my children now and it’s really exciting. I love it.”
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