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Well this blog post is a little off the beaten track but what with most people feeling like time is flying past (there seem to be a lot of posts in blog land mentioning that at the moment) and with stressful things like Christmas (eekk I said the word!) coming up I thought this might help some of you.
When I was expecting little sweetpea we were due to go on holiday. I have for some time found getting ready for holidays quite stressful, especially the driving to the airport and waiting to get on the plane. Not sure why that is but as soon as I am on the plane I am fine but the whole getting there etc gets me all tied up in knots. Also being pregnant seems to exasperate this I think because I am more tired than usual.
As I was pregnant I knew there wasn't much I could take to chill me out. I usually take Valerian which is sold in Boots, this tastes quite yukky but does the trick, I couldn't take it being pregnant. I looked at Bach Rescue Remedy too but the pharmacist said not to use it when I was pregnant - not sure if this is good or not so as I have never tried it. This lead me to look into other ways of relaxing and I came across positive affirmations.
Positive affirmations have worked really well for me, it is so simple that it has really taken me by surprise at how well it works.
What are positive affirmations?
Well basically you install in your brain some lovely calming moments and when you get stressed you can recall these. This brings back the feelings of that moment and so you bring back your relaxed state.
How do I make them?
When you find yourself in a particularly lovely state of mind and are enjoying a moment of calm hold your forefinger and thumb together tightly. Close your eyes and soak up the sounds, feelings, warmth of the moment and hold your forefinger and thumb together tightly again. Repeat this several times.
How do I recall this feeling?
When you feel stressed hold your forefinger and thumb together and those images, feelings etc will come flooding back.
When I do this I have the images below flood back, the children giggling, the water running or waves lapping and the warmth of the sun on my back. Hhhmmmm water seems to be a recurring theme in my relaxiation, maybe we need a big pond in our garden :-)
I also find listening to upbeat music works wonders too, there is nothing like a good singalong to cheer you up :-)
I hope you can use this for yourself, it really works well for me and is so simple. What techniques do you use to relax ?