Anxiety is common. Most of us know the feeling and it’s yucky. A crazy pace of life, abundant everyday stressors, trauma, and our habitual human tendency to over-think can compound.
Pregnancy may not improve anxiety. In fact, new challenges and worries inevitably arise. These may include physical stresses, the wellbeing of your baby, concerns about older toddlers or children, career or financial pressure, accommodation changes, relationship dramas. The list goes on.
Then add to the mix the emotional residue of a difficult previous birth, plus fear of birthing again. It’s easy to see why calmness is illusive.
In this video, I offer you 8 ways to reduce anxiety in pregnancy and increase calm.
I’ve worked with countless mamas who were strung out, wound up and uptight, all for good reasons. I’ve experienced moments and periods of anxiety myself. Through working with others and myself, I’ve come to see anxiety not as an irritation to be vanquished ASAP, but rather as a messenger asking for a compassionate investigative response.
I’ve come to see anxiety is the voice of a part of ourselves that is not feeling safe.
It’s our individual responsibility to respond with kindness and to encourage that part of ourselves into a place of emotional safety. Over and over again, until we recognise that relaxation becomes a new habit and a new ‘home’.
Anxiety is asking me, and you, to take time to stop, and ask ourselves, what do I need to feel safe? What experience or behaviour is asking for healing? The gentle process of becoming intimate with and responsive to our anxiety is not necessarily comfortable initially, but brings increasing freedom.
Enjoy the video! As always, don’t just believe anything I say. Take what feels intuitively helpful. Test it out. See what works for you. Be curious. Share your insights in the comments or on Facebook.
Wishing you a big long slow outbreath,