5 Ways to Reduce Stress Before You Pick Up the Kids

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Indy moms agree that if they could significantly improve any aspect of their health, stress would be one of the first things they’d change. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce stress before you pickup your kids.

  1. Breathe. Next time you feel stressed, try this breathing exercise to help you relax: Inhale through your nose, then slowly exhale through your mouth. As you exhale, make a long sighing sound. Repeat three or four times. This exercise relaxes you by decreasing your blood pressure and stress-hormone levels and bringing more oxygen to your heart and brain. Or try alternate nostril breathing, a yoga move. While sitting down, use your right thumb to block your right nostril. Breathe deeply through your left nostril several times. Pause briefly each time after you inhale and exhale. Then, switch nostrils and repeat.
  2. Work Out. Working out or being physically active helps reduce mental stress. It’s also great for your body. Working out doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Even a 10 minute walk around the block can go a long way to reducing your stress levels.
  3. Call a friend or loved one. Worrying about something by yourself will make you feel even more stressed. Instead, talk to someone you trust, which will help you feel less vulnerable and more in control.
  4. Laugh. Before you pick up the kids put on a funny podcast or video. According to the CDC laughter can go a long way to easing stress.
  5. Plan your night. Leaving things to last minute and feeling overwhelmed can add to your stress. Plan what you are going to do once you have picked up your kids to make your evening run smoothly. Think of chores you could assign to your kids, helping out with dinner or taking the trash out for instance.

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