Great Ways to Destress During Pregnancyby Elizabeth MacDonald
Pregnancy is a time of happiness, but it doesn’t erase the stress that existed prior to becoming pregnant. If anything, this time can intensify stress, anxiety, and fears, making for an overwhelming - and often unenjoyable experience.
If you haven’t read about the dangers of stress during pregnancy, click over here and learn more.
We know that the three most common causes of chronic stress for a pregnant woman are:
It can be hard to find a way to avoid stress altogether. It may actually be impossible. Friends tell you to get a massage or take a few days off from work, but if money is the root of your stress, those suggestions don’t do much more than add to the weight you are already carrying. So how can you help yourself?
Great Ways to Destress During Pregnancy
Take a Bath
You can enjoy a nice, warm soak throughout your pregnancy. This is a great way to decompress, listen to music, and let your body find relaxation.
Exercise and Stretch
Endorphins make you happy, and you don’t need to run a marathon to get them flowing. A walk around the block every day, a yoga class, or dancing around the kitchen can be enough to push your stressful thoughts aside. Try to include ample stretching into your daily pregnant life, too. Stretching counteracts the tightness caused by stress.
Take Deep Breaths
Stress can trigger a shallower breath, preventing optimal oxygen flow to your brain. This creates a cycle of anxiety and stress that can be hard to get out of, but simply extending your breath can allow that oxygen to flow easier.
Find water and float. Yes, a float spa will work, but they can cost a bit more than you may want to spend right now. (Well worth it, but not necessary!) Borrow a friend’s pool, head to the beach, or get a guest pass at the gym and strut that baby bump as you submerge yourself into the water.
Ask For Help
Asking for help is the opposite of weak. Asking for help is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. It doesn’t matter what the task is, reach out and ask for your village to support and love you.
Put Your Feet Up
Find time every day to sit with your feet propped up. While this seems like a small act, it can reduce swelling and force you to take a few minutes to yourself. You can use the time to sip on a great smoothie or snack on something, too.
Talk to Someone
Venting is called venting for a reason. When you pent up your stress, it can create an unhealthy lifestyle. But venting a bit at a time can help you keep your sanity, while lowering your stress level. If your stress is more chronic than typical daily stress, you can speak with a therapist or counselor to help you handle it.
Forcing your mind to stop thinking is hard, but learning to meditate will give you the tools to do just that.
Soak Up Sunshine
The almighty Vitamin D is linked to wellness and happiness. Make sure to surround yourself with fresh air and sunshine every day.