Stress and motherhood, they often go hand in hand. The demands on our time and energy, the constant juggling act, the mental load we carry, and the burnout that creeps in can feel overwhelming. Even the daily task of integrating work and family life can be a constant pivot.
This is the reality of motherhood. It’s okay, but it’s also a lot to handle, and it can be incredibly stressful. Some stress is inevitable, but when it becomes a constant companion, it’s a tough place to be.
Let’s explore some practical body-based tools to help you release the emotional charge that stress creates in your body. These techniques can make a significant difference in how you cope with the demands of motherhood, whether they’re short-term challenges or part of a more chronic stress pattern. Let’s find ways to lighten the load and bring more balance into your life.
Here are seven body-based tools to discharge stress:
- Shaking: When anxiety strikes, the body is full of pent-up energy that needs an outlet. Give it permission to shake out the stress.
- Body Tapping: Create a rhythmic tapping sensation by making fists and tapping your body from head to toe. Adjust the pressure to what feels right for you.
- Stretching: Stress makes muscles tense up. Combat this by stretching, which increases serotonin levels, stabilizing your mood and reducing stress.
- Dance: Get your groove on! Dancing releases endorphins, the “happy hormones,” that reduce stress and bring calm and optimism.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Identify where stress and tension are lurking in your body. Squeeze, hold, then release. Feel the tension melt away.
- Physiological Sigh: This powerful breath can quickly release stress. Deep inhale through the nose, followed by a shorter inhale through the nose, and a long exhale through the mouth. Repeat as needed.
- Humming/Singing: Activate your vocal cords by humming or singing. This stimulates the vagus nerve, promoting the “rest and digest” state, calming your body.
Try these techniques and find what works best for you. Your body will let you know. Share your experiences and favorites with us – we’d love to hear your success stories and create more content around them. Keep smiling, mama, you’ve got this!
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