April 05, 2016 01:30 PM

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Jessica Alba makes balancing being a mom, wife, actress and businesswoman look effortless — but, she says, it isn’t always so easy.

In the spring issue of Parents Latina magazine, Alba, who co-founded The Honest Company, shares some advice for mothers looking to start their own businesses.

“Don’t get overwhelmed trying to do everything at once,” she says. “Lay out what you can get done now and what will take longer.”

Alba warns these busy women not to let “mom guilt” get the best of them.

“Don’t be hard on yourself. Doing your best to be present wherever you are is what’s important,” she says. “Make time to eat healthy and stay active. It’s worth it to recharge once a week: Get sleep, have a date night or a girls’ night in, and drink some wine!”

The mom of Honor, 7½, and Haven, 4½, also opens up about how her Mexican roots have influenced how she is raising her daughters.

“My heritage is all about family, which always comes first. And respect for yourself and for your elders is something that I’m passing on to my daughters,” she says. “I make sure they know where they came from and that they spend time with their relatives, but they’re not surrounded by it all the time. We have different cultures in the house.”

— Andrea Park

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