Wednesday, 20 July 2011
I've read a lot about the importance of being stress free during pregnancy and labor. Personally I love visualization, deep breathing, and meditation.
I like to visualize myself under a tree, near a river on a calm day.
Every leaf that falls from the tree represents a thought that pops into my mind. As the leaves fall and hit the water I can slowly watch as they float further and further away. This particular exercise allows for me to not only confront any thoughts or fears that I have hidden in my mind, but also allows accept them as they are. Sometimes thoughts repeat themselves, when this happens I simply let the thought-leaf fall into the river once again and watch as it is taken away by the greater force of the river.
After I get done with doing this, I usually feel refreshed, organized, and not as emotional as I was before. (Which is great, emotions are important but sometimes they clog up my mind and take over!) So obviously this is a personal favorite of mine. I've read about "riding the wave of pain" during labor. Or visualizing a rose blooming to help cope with the pain.
Did you or do you plan to do any stress reduction exercises during labor and pregnancy? Do you have any favorites?