A mother’s voice soothes the soul

Parenthood has its ups and downs; and sometimes can be stressful.

Try phoning your Mum to shake any stress away.

It seems that the sound of your mum’s voice is as good as a hug for stress release.

A US study found that the sound of your mum’s voice can reduce stress levels and boost levels of oxytocin, the ‘cuddle hormone’.  Oxytocin is the hormone known for its ability to create strong social emotional bonds,  especially between mothers and their babies.

The research also suggests that a mother’s voice may be as important as touch in the bonding and attachment process.

“It’s clear that a mother’s voice can have the same effect as a hug, even if she’s not there,” says Dr Leslie Seltzer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

Published — 08 May 2019 Last updated — 08 May 2019

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