Stress busters: 15 soothing tips to combat new-mommy stress

Exercise
Get moving! We can all benefit from the stress reducing and energy enhancing benefits of moderate exercise in our lives.

It has been found (in hundreds of studies) that exercise is one of the most beneficial stress-reducers around. It can improve blood flow to the brain, increasing the brain's alpha waves (this is associated with calmness and relaxation), reduce blood pressure, decrease muscle tension, and raise endorphin levels.

A flow of endorphins following exercise leaves you with a feeling of well-being. Walking is a great exercise that can be done alone, with your partner, and even with kids in tow.

Enjoy Some Music
Allow your tensions to melt away with the music. Play music that fits your mood.

Sometimes you're in the mood for a relaxing instrumental, while other times, the hard beat of rock n roll will be just what you need.

Sing.

Dance.

Let the music soothe your soul.

Laugh
Put on a funny video, sit back, and laugh your way to good health.

A good laugh is a potent stress reliever. Laughing stimulates the body to produce hormones that cause the brain to release stress-reducing endorphins.

Even putting a smile on your face when you aren't feeling so happy causes your body chemistry to change for the better, helping to create within you a happier mood.

Comfort Yourself with Rituals
Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Rituals are comforting. Begin to introduce rituals into your everyday life.

A ritual can be as simple as sitting down with your partner and sharing your first cup of coffee in the morning.

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