I am really supposed to be sitting here writing other blog posts but currently this is just something that is easier to write than all the other stuff. Life is full of happy, sad, angry, and fearful moments. The variation does not change when you are pregnant, but our emotions and hormones sure are different. Maybe you are afraid of something related to your pregnancy or maybe a life event happens causing you to be afraid.
Pregnancy is a scary time to experience fear or stress. We are so worried about making sure our growing babies are healthy and happy that when something that makes us scared is thrown our way it can seem impossible to manage. How do I stay calm if I am scared? Well it is not easy, it sure isn’t easy for me. I am already an emotional person, add pregnancy hormones and well aren’t I just the perfect company. But today these things worked for me, and I hope they can work for you too.
Take a deep breath
It seems silly and like the most commonly known thing, but when we freak out we don’t always think of the obvious. So stop. Take a deep breath. Take two deep breaths and just breath gently. It can help slow down everything that has started to get worked up in your body.
Out loud, say 5 things you are thankful for
This just helps shift my mind back to a place of gratitude and positivity. Often times we can spiral down a dark rabbit hole when we are afraid or stressed out.
Go for a walk
A change of scenery always takes my mind off things. Some times you need to be alone with your thoughts, but being alone on a walk outside with fresh air feels way better than being alone in your bedroom with windows closed. Get up and walk it off!
Maybe you want to do some yoga? Find a prenatal yoga segment on Youtube and follow along for a journey to relaxation. I love being able to relax along while allowing for stretching, it’s a feel good combination.
Talk to somebody
I grew up with Mexican superstitions being told to me. Although they did not always make sense there are a few that stuck in my head…like the time my grandma told me that you need to tell people about your bad dreams so they don’t come true. Why it matter I’m not sure but I’m not one to try and take a gamble so now if I am nervous about something bad happening I share my concern aloud. I talk to someone who will hear me out and talk me into a good place.
Take a bath
Taking a bath solves almost any issue in my eyes. Light up some candles or toss in some essential oils, whatever works for you. Dim the lights if you can and play something relaxing and just enjoy a comforting bath. Heck toss a bath bomb in there, that comforting me time is never bad in my eyes and can help me feel pampered and relaxed.
I won’t say it makes everything go away, but being able to shut my eyes and doze off into the land of crazy pregnancy hormone dreams can make me wake up feeling different. Sleeping gives my brain the time to process things without me needing to be stressing myself out while awake. You should be taking a nap if you can even if you aren’t stressed lol.