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5 Tips to Shed Mom Stress & Cultivate Calm

managing mom stress

As we find ourselves in the throes of the holidays, we’ve all added a layer of stress to the many layers we’re all likely wearing for winter. In an effort to shed this extra unwanted layer, we tapped into two of our wellness experts, Janice Evert, holistic health coach and yogi, and Nimisha Gandhi, holistic nutritionist and Ayurvedic practitioner, for their quick but insightful tips on how they lighten their load-even with the demands of motherhood upon them!

1. Embrace rhythm and routine

Janice shares that power of routine lies in its familiarity. With less mental energy needed to decide what’s happening next, routine  grounds us and allows for space for purposeful and enduring acts of self-love. Janice says, “The result is profound rejuvenation throughout the mind, body and soul.”  Easy routines are to start your day with a glass of warm water or massage your body with body oil, like sesame or lavender oil, after your evening shower.

2. Cultivate your breath

  1. Close your eyes and focus on your breath, if only for a few minutes.  Place one hand on your belly and one on your heart, feel your belly rising and falling against your palm, while tuning into your breathing pattern. Count backwards from five down to one on both your inhale and exhale, maybe a slight pause in between, and continue; feeling the air, prana, life force traveling through your body. Janice says, “As your breathe, imagine your breath lighting up your heart, the center of connection between your mind and your body.”

3. Find stillness

  1. Janice encourages her clients who are caught up in the swirl of the day or season to take a minute and “let your head fall below your heart which slows down the central nervous system and lowers our fight or flight response. You will often find me this way in the midst of cooking for starving kiddos in the kitchen.”

4. Eat to heal

Nimisha believes in the tremendous healing powers of food and drink. And shares that as the temperatures drop, it’s even more important to find balance through warming and grounding foods like soups, stews, teas, and spices like cinnamon. 

5. Re-think “me time”

  1. Nimisha encourages moms to re-imagine their self-care practices. While taking a nice long bath at the end of the day sounds dreamy, she knows that it’s not realistic for most moms as they are so exhausted by the time the kids go down. Instead, she moved her favorite form of self-love, a nice warm bath, to the middle of the day when she can actually enjoy it. 

To catch more of Janice’s and Nimisha’s tips and feel their warm energy, check out our mini series on our IGTV. Janice walks us through 2 simple but powerful breathing exercises to do anytime, anywhere, and Nimisha dishes more on her favorite immune-boosting winter practices for hopeful, expecting, and new mamas.

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