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

Catch a Few Rays
Grab some sunlight.

Spend some time outdoors each day.

The seasonal slump that can result from inadequate sunlight can cause depression and fatigue.

Even on cloudy days, a walk outside will help to recharge your batteries.

Schedule Your Worry Time
Have lots of worries and concerns?

Schedule 30 minutes of worry time into your day. Save all your worries for that time.

If worries begin to creep into your thoughts at other times of the day, mentally file them away.

You'll be surprised at how much time this can free up, and how much better you will feel.

Play!
Design a castle

Paint a picture

See how high you can swing.

As adults, we sometimes forget the therapeutic value of play. Play stimulates our imagination, encourages our creativity, boosts our energy, and best of all, is fun.

Try Water Therapy
Let your troubles float away.

Showers and baths are high on the list of best stress relievers. Climb into a warm shower and bath. Make it long and luxurious.

Visualize your cares just going right down the drain.

Meditate
Slow down. Take a 20 minute time-out.

You can meditate at your desk, as well as in a quiet room.

Meditation reduces your blood pressure, and helps to dramatically reduce your stress level. Meditation or prayer can help bring you back in touch with your spiritual side. It is a very effective method of relaxation, reducing your blood pressure, slowing your breathing, relaxing muscles, and helping to clear your thoughts (resulting in improved concentration.)

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