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How can I relax to reduce the stress of caring for my baby?

Lyn Turton
Nutrition & Dietetics

Being a new mom means you are very busy but taking time to look after yourself will benefit both you and baby. You will be better able to cope with the demands of parenthood and your baby will be comforted by your sense of calm.

Take some time each day when your baby is sleeping or in a safe place to be calm and quiet or do something you enjoy.

Sitting quietly with your eyes closed and breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes can relax you. Doing yoga or an exercise you enjoy can also help.

Listening to music or reading are other ways to reduce stress.

You can also find relaxing activities to do with your baby such as going for a walk together or snuggling while looking at books or listening to soothing music.

 

Trish Booth
Family Medicine
Try these suggestions to help yourself relax.

- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
- Sit in a chair and breathe slowly and deeply.
- Repeat silently a saying that brings you comfort.
- Do yoga or stretching exercises.

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