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Stressed? Talk to your mom

india Updated: May 14, 2010 02:17 IST

Are your stressed out? Wherever you are, just pick up the phone and talk to your mother, for a new study says that her voice is the best stress relief.

Researchers have carried out the study and found that hearing mother’s voice can quickly calm frayed nerves —and a telephone call often has the same effect as a hug. The findings could help explain why mother is often the first person people, even adults, turn to in tough times.

For the study, the researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked at the role of oxytocin, a hormone involved in sex, sexual attraction, trust and confidence.

Known as the “cuddle chemical”, it’s released into the blood during labour —triggering the production of breast milk — and floods the brain during breast feeding, helping mother and baby bond. It also, it seems, is key to a mother’s ability to calm her kid, relieving stress when it is released in kids.