Stress levels of moms with preschoolers increased during the pandemic

Stress levels of moms with preschoolers increased during the pandemic

Stress levels of moms with preschoolers soared during the pandemic, with twice as many of the mothers reporting they lost sleep during the COVID-19 outbreak than before it. "Moms of young children are already less likely to get the recommended amount of sleep and physical activity than women who don't have children. These shortfalls could raise the risk for obesity and poor health, and the lockdown worsened the situation by increasing the levels of stress and household chaos," said Chelsea Kracht, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Mothers, especially those with preschoolers, need a lot more than flowers on Mother's Day. There are a number of ways moms can reduce stress, such as taking a break from the news and spending a few minutes unwinding before they go to sleep. But what moms really need is more support, from their family, workplaces and communities. They need systemic change." The study findings support the necessity of providing mothers with reliable, affordable childcare options and a clear path to maintaining a …
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