Stress. It can be good and it can be bad. Stress in small doses can help people perform under pressure and it can also motivate you to do better. It's when there is constant stress now that can create a problem. Your mind and body can truly suffer. Whether pregnant or not this isn't good. It's important to take control and bring your body back to a place of calm and balance. Finding peace can be done in many ways. I will give you a list of affirmations, psalms, and breathing techniques that will help calm you down and bring you back when things get tough.
An affirmation can be used for support and encouragement. I was introduced to affirmations five years ago when I was going through a life changing event. I was stressed to the MAX daily. These are a few affirmations that can be used to to help reduce your stress. It's best to have them printed out or written and kept in a safe place. Your wallet, purse, or pocket. I kept mine written down on a piece of paper and would pull them out when needed. I then transferred them to my memo pad in my phone.
1. I allow my mind to become calm and clear.
2. I now release all worries, doubts, and fears.
3. Everyday I am becoming more peaceful and content.
4. My mind and body are becoming more relaxed.
5.I now take responsibility of my life. I am now in control and I choose to be at peace.
Feel free to create your own affirmations with positive words that you feel will better suite you. Use these daily for a few weeks to see results.
The book of Psalms is very powerful. It can be used to things love, prosperity, blessings, and for stress. Here is a list of Psalms that can be used during times of stress.
1. Psalms 23:1, 3-4. The Lord is my shepherd;I have everything I need. He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised. Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me.
2. Psalms 91:1-2. Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.”
3. Psalms 34: 4-6. I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles.
Here's a secret. How you breath can affect your body. Breathing exercises are a good way to help relieve your body from stress and tension. Breathing exercises are easy to learn. Here is one to try.
Belly Breathing. This is done sitting or lying in a comfortable position. You place one of your hands on your belly right under your rib cage and place the other hand on your chest. Then you will take a deep breath in through your nose and allow your belly to push your hand out. During this time your chest should not move. Blow the air out through your lips as if you are about to whistle, keep your hands in place and feel your belly go in. Repeat this 3 times or more and pay attention to how you feel at the end of the exercise. Hopefully good and relaxed.
Finding ways to help when you are stressed is very important. In today's society there is so much going on. Remember to take a time out to de-stress!
Certified Pregnancy Health Coach