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Being a mom is the greatest joy in the world. Holding a tiny little bundle of joy gives you a feeling of the best achievement and accomplishment in life. But, in few months’ time all excitement starts fading and the reality hits you hard when the time comes to get back to work. Dealing with separation anxiety, physiological changes and adjusting to the routine can get really challenging and stressful. Many new mothers also suffer from some form of “baby blues” after delivering a baby. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, especially when combined with relationship stresses and anxiety, can result in post-partum depression. Altogether, it becomes very stressful to be a working mother and juggle between household and work pressures.
But, we believe it’s all about time! With time you learn to make adjustments and slowly get on the track. But for now take a deep breath and believe all is well. Here are some simple stress busters for a working mom just like you.
1. Take a Deep Breath
First calm down and take a deep breath! You may hear your mom or other elderly tell you this often. When you are stressed, the heart rate increases and this result in shortness of breath. Start practicing deep breathing for about 1 minute at a time and repeat this for 10-15 times.
2. Laugh Out Loud
This may sound silly! But, did you know laughter can actually increase the levels of endorphin, the family of hormones that reduce pain and mental depression. With such power laughter can surely help you ease out your stress and feel relaxed.
3. Eat Right
Being on diet can be difficult. And, you must be feeling like cheating on it already. When in stress we do crave salty, sweet or calorie-rich foods, because our brain demands so. But, this is the time to be determined and eat healthy. Junk food seems like a comfort food, but this is the culprit for those extra kilos. So, make sure to eat a healthy breakfast so that you won’t feel like munching on later during the day. Add a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and also, make sure to drink plenty of water.
4. Try a Relaxing Massage
If you think you cannot get enough time to visit a spa for a massage session, look for a home spa. Recently some professional spas have started this new concept where a therapist visits you home with the entire spa essential. Try this convenient and confortable spa at home! A relaxing massage that takes away all your body pain and stress! Does that sound like a great idea? Aromatherapy massage is proven ways to reduce mental tension. This massage is performed using aromatic oils from different plants such as Lavender, Grapefruit, Geranium, Neroli, etc. The aroma oil relaxes the brain and makes you feel extremely calm. The massage also relaxes your body and helps you get rid of tiredness.
5. Tune In To Soft Music
A soft music can reduce heart rate and also level of stress hormones. And, this has been proven through several clinical studies. Music reduces mental agitation and tension. It also can reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Music can be truly therapeutic!
6. Be Active
Being active physically is must to achieve good mental and physical health. When you exercise your body releases endorphins, the feel good hormones that keep you fresh. Being physically also helps to tone the body and boost your confidence.