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35 Calming Techniques for Moms

by Rebecca Eanes


16. Stretch your muscles. Stand up tall, put your arms behind you, lace your fingers, and open up the chest as you stretch your arms back.

17. Stop, drop, and breathe. Lie on your back with your knees bent, inhale and exhale deeply as you feel your body press onto the floor.

18. Take a short walk, or just jog in place for a few minutes.

19. Create a calming playlist on your phone. Listen at the first sign of overwhelm or irritation.


20. Stand with your arms pressed firmly into the wall and lean in, like you are doing a push up against the wall. Hold for 15 seconds and push back. Repeat as many times as needed.

21. Strike a pose. A yoga pose! My favorite is child’s pose to relax my often tensed back muscles and to refocus my mind.

22. Sip green tea. It’s a source of L-theanine which helps to calm you down.

23. Snack on a piece of dark chocolate. This treat actually helps regulate cortisol levels – that’s your stress hormone.

24. Count forward and backward.

25. Do something repetitive, like brushing your hair, to calm the mind.

26. Splash your face with cold water. Don’t want to ruin your makeup? Drip cold water on your wrists.

27. Color in an adult coloring book, or a child’s. It doesn’t really matter. If you don’t have one, just doodle on the page for a few minutes.

28. Write in your journal. Getting your feelings out on paper help them to dissipate.

30. Download a brain game on your phone and play when you feel upset or anxious. I find these very beneficial for relieving anxiety.

31. Dance to an oldie. A song from decades past can lift your spirits and bring back fond memories.

32. Rub lotion on your hands and feet. I find the scent of eucalyptus calming.

33. Take a whiff of citrus. According to this, some researchers have found that certain citrus fragrances alleviate stress. Orange you glad you know?

34. Phone a friend. Maybe you just need someone to talk to!

35. Hug someone. Physical contact with a loved one boosts oxytocin and helps you calm down quicker.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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