Instant stress-buster: call your mom

/Instant stress-buster: call your mom

Instant stress-buster: call your mom

momhug1Next time you’re anxious about a job interview, big exam or other stressful event, try hugging or calling your mom. A 2010 study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that being comforted by your mother in person or simply hearing her voice over the phone triggers a surge in the calming hormone oxytocin and reduces your body’s output of the stress hormone cortisol, making you more relaxed. What’s more, the stress-busting effect is long-lasting, sticking around hours after the task you’re fretting about is over.

No mom around? My hunch is that connecting with any close female relative (like a sister, grandma or aunt) or friend would have a similar stress-busting effect since research shows that oxytocin rises whenever women bond with other women they feel emotionally close to.


By | 2018-04-05T18:00:37+00:00 January 21st, 2014|hormone research, hormonology tip, natural remedies|2 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at


  1. Gabrielle Lichterman May 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Hi Karen,

    Studies have not shown bio-identical hormone therapy to be any safer than conventional hormone therapy. However, this is a relatively new type of hormone therapy and much more research needs to be done to determine how safe and effective it truly is. For this reason, I think many doctors are hesitant to suggest or prescribe bio-identical hormones.

    I do personally know several people currently on bio-identical hormones and they are much happier for it. Improved sex drive, skin tone, energy, memory–pretty much everything that you love about rising hormones in the first half of your cycle. And when I go through menopause, I plan to discuss bio-identicals with my own doctor.

    I think at this point, it’s a personal decision. As with all medications, you weigh the risks and benefits.

  2. Karen March 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    What do you think of bio-identical hormone therapy? Do you think it is safe (less likely to cause cancer) than conventional hormone therapy? Why is the regular medical field (meaning those doctors and prescriptions that are covered by insurance) not catching on? Thanks for your help in understanding this!

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