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Stress Management for Mothers

Stress Management for Mothers

by: Dr. Ruby Ahuja
Consultant - Clinical Psychologists Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Stress is a term used for behaviour reaction to any situation and its bilogival impact on endocrine system. Hence stress impacts both psychologically and physically. It’s impact on the multiple systems affects the metabolism and memory. Every individual has two responses to any situation “Flight or fight”. We either fight the situation for take a flight or run from the situation. When a stressful event happens in our environment like the sudden appearance of a shock on your path or an internal event like fear—it triggers a cascade of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, that surges through the body, increasing the heartbeat and the circulation of the blood, thereby increasing unsurge of  fat and sugar for fast energy, focusing attention, preparing muscles for action, and more. It generally takes some time for the body to calm down after the stress response has been triggered.

Effect on stress on the body:

Excessive stress can have a negative impact on our health and can lead to psychosomatic illnesses. Our behaviour and reaction to stress and also have a devastating effect on our personal and professional lives. Few physical symptoms common for people in persistent stress are tight throat, sweaty palms and feet, persistent fatigue, n nausea, diarrhoea, uneasiness, indigestion, depression, restlessness, frustration, and changes in sleeping or eating patterns.

Ways to deal with stress for mothers:

  • Refrain from reacting to any situation: Give a pause before you react. Sometimes a situation is not as bad as it seems but our reaction makes it worse and thus forms a chain of negative events.
  • Change your beliefs according to a situation: For example if you believe that your child should be well mannered and well behaved, then this might cause you a lot of stress. So let the behaviour be natural and intervene when you feel that it important. Some old beliefs crate a lot of stress as they might not be applicable at this time.
  • Be organised: It’s important to organize your day and mentally chalk out the activities of the day. Random tasks create panic.
  • Don’t postpone making decisions : Many people create and prolong stress by delaying a decision that needs to be made. They end up brooding about an issue rather than resolving it. Once you have all the information necessary to make a decision, try to make the decision as quickly as possible.
  • Focus on positives : Develop a support system and do not think like a victim as if everything bad is happening to your life.
  • Take time out to relax : Enjoy with friends, fun actives, eat a well balanced diet. Take care of your needs first so that you have enough energy to take care of child.

 

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