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Stress

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you’re pregnant or postpartum I don’t have to tell you that your hormonal balance is out of whack. That’s a natural part of your body’s process as all kinds of chemical changes are taking place. The good news is that exercise is as natural stress reducer.

Begin an exercise program that will make it far easier for you get back the body you want post-pregnancy. With your soon to be fit me outfit safely on display, your goal statements all written out, and your focus on the future firmly in place, it’s time to get physical. I’ve laid out a program for you that will require a minimum of time and will be a great stress release for you. Just knowing that devoting less than an hour a day to “me time” will make the rest of the pregnancy, labor, and post pregnancy easier is a wonderful feeling. Knowing that both immediately and down the line you will be able to experience the benefits of your efforts should be a powerful motivator.

But life is still filled with potential sources of stress, here a list of things you can do to help ease the potential tension.

  • Take a walk
  • Clean for 15 minutes if you are unable to de-stress by looking at the mess
  • Drink hot tea
  • Play with your kids
  • Call a friend, or your mom

While I can’t offer you a hot cup of tea, you can count on me as someone who understands that you’ve been dealing with and can assure you that the results are worth the effort.

Stress during Pregnancy

The Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group reported that anxiety and stress can have a negative impact on your developing baby and could have some long-term effects like hyperactivity. I don’t know if it’s true that people are generally more stressed today than ever before, but the hyperactivity rates in kids are certainly higher. Along with your physical health, it is obviously important to look out for your mental and emotional health. Relaxation and meditation techniques will multiply the positive effects of your exercise routine while also making the delivery process easier.

Meditation

Concentrating on your breathing is probably the easiest form of meditation you can do. By focusing on your breathing in and out through your nose, filling your belly with air, and using your diaphragm you are meditating. To enhance the effect, you can also pick a point of focus other than your breath. For example by placing your hand on your belly you can feel it rise and fall as you inhale and exhale. Meditation doesn’t always mean concentrating on something. Meditation can also be emptying your mind. Before you exercise or at any other time during the day, you can go off to a quiet place in your house, your yard, or somewhere else out in nature. Make sure you are somewhere you won’t be interrupted by anyone else. Close your eyes and let your mind drift. The key here is to not really focus on those thoughts at all. Just let them come in and go right out.

Relaxation Techniques

Along with exercising, you can do other very simple things in order to relax. Other forms of exercise like tai chi, stretching, and yoga are great relaxation modes. Listening to soothing music also helps a great deal. A lot of New Age instrumental music is effective, and quick search for relaxation music will produce hundreds of results. I also find that simply being outside in the fresh air and sunshine relax me a lot. For people who work in an office it’s easy to fall into the bad habit of staying indoors except to go from the car to the office and then from the office to the car. NOT GOOD! Even a few minutes of fresh air are far better than none![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_js]

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