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Coping with mum stress

Henna Pollard

 

How are you dealing with stressful situations in motherhood?

How do you feel when kids are screaming and having tantrums? Especially when it happens in public places. If you are anything like I am you might feel a bit overwhelmed at a time. Maybe stress and anxiety will take over you?

What calms you down in those situations? How do you keep your cool?

What I have recently learned is that the only person who can affect my mood and my anxiety is me. Woohoo what a AHA moment it was for me 😘😘 I am the only person responsible how I react. My kids tantrums really has nothing to do with me or my mood. 

It is hard in those moments when both kids are screaming the same time and I still feel my stress level going high at the times. All I can do is take a few deep breaths and physically check in with my body. Feel where in my body I feel the stress and anxiety. During the process of just tuning in with my body and feeling it all, I can start seeing myself calming. 
 

 

The Yoga of Motherhood 

Being a mother is one of the most beautiful but also one of the most stressful times of our life. Best tool for me to handle my stress and anxiety is yoga and meditation. “Yoga which has its roots and history in India is actually meant for the purpose of developing a higher awareness which is of spiritual nature but it also elevates the awareness of what actually happens to oneself during stress – emotionally, physically, mentally and energetically which brings us back to why Yoga is such an amazing tool for mothers.”

Here I have collected few of my favourite yoga poses that instantly calms my mind and body.

 

 

Puppy pose. Calms the mind and  the body. Improves flexibility, especially in the spine. Relieves symptoms of chronic stress, tension, and insomnia. Strengthens and stretches the arms, hips and upper back.

 

 

 

Cow face pose.Hips don’t lie.” This one is pretty strong hip opener pose. You may have heard yoga teachers talk about holding emotions on your hips. You can storage so much emotions on your hips. If you’ve ever felt yourself close to tears by the end of a hip opening yoga class, this is why. Letting emotional damage come to the surface can be painful, but it’s more healthy for our bodies and minds in the long run.

 

 

 

 Down Ward Facing Dog. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and even mild depression. Streches the body. Helps with headache, insomnia and back pains.

 

 

Lotus Pose is a cross legged sitting asana. It’s very powerful pose, especially for women. Practicing lotus pose during the whole month can help to make the menstruation week less painful. It is a wonderful example of a pose that connects the mind, body, and spirit. Especially when you add breathing exercises with it. It’s very powerful tool to reduce your stress.

 

 

 

 

 

Cat-Cow pose. Lots of nerves run along the spine. When we calm our nervous system, the entire body relaxes.  It is a relaxing and enjoyable pose with wonderful benefits. Cat-Cow flow helps relieve stress from menstrual cramps & lower back pain.
 

 

 

Child's Pose. Child's pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing your stress. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while stretching the muscles of the back of your body. Placing your head down on the mat has an instant calming and soothing effect on the brain.

 

 

 
Practicing yoga teaches us mindfulness, breathing and focusing the mind. This is especially helpful when dealing with anxiety. Just the simple practice of breathing makes a massive difference to anxious mind, instantly calming the body. Yoga trains the mind and body to be calm so that when you experience a stressful situation, you have the skills to calm yourself and bring yourself back to your centre and peace. Yoga calms the mind and is an amazing workout for body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a great way to remind ourselves to slow down, to enjoy those everyday moments.
Let’s keep our mind in balance with practicing yoga. Trust me it’s not  always going to be in balance. Sometimes we still feel overhelmed and out of control and you know what; that’s ok too 🙏🏼