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How can i cope with the stress of being a new parent?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.
Dr. Peter Jackson
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
New parenting stress: First, know that stress from being a new parent is perfectly natural. You will be adapting to many changes in your life you never could have expected until you experienced them yourself. Do not overreact to your emotions, as they are expected to vacillate. Seek support from other new parents and groups that form around those issues. Stay calm, that will be the best you can do for your child.

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