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breathing as a new parent

5 effective ways to use your breathing as a new parent

Using your breathing as a new parent is about identifying if you are feel anxious, tense or overwhelmed so you can focus on staying calm. Relaxing your body and slowing your breathing can be a simple and effective way to head off any feelings of being overwhelmed as well as to ease any discomfort and to help your recovery from birth. The key to using your breathing as a new parent is to make it familiar for you, so it is comfortable and easy to use and so you don’t have to think about it. So how do you use your breathing as a new parent? You can focus on your breathing if you are experiencing discomfort, pain or you feel overwhelmed. If your breathing is too fast, slow it down again; if you are holding onto tension (forehead, haw, shoulders, hands, pelvic floor, legs, feet) let it go. Throughout the day, slow your breathing and relax your body to feel calmer. Keep it simple – all you are doing is slowing your breathing and …

breathing in labour

5 effective ways to use your breathing in labour

Using your breathing in labour is about listening to your body so you can work with your contractions and identify if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed so you can focus on staying calm. Relaxing your body and slowing your breathing can be a simple and effective way to head off any panic as well as to stay calm and focused with your contractions. The key to using your breathing in labour is to make it familiar for you, so it is comfortable and easy to use and so you don’t have to think about it. So how do you use your breathing in labour? Focus on your breathing if you are experiencing discomfort, panic or you feel overwhelmed. If you are feeling anxious, panicky or overwhelmed, slowing your breathing will slow your heart-rate, which gets you to be calm and back in control. Keep it simple – all you are doing is slowing your breathing and relaxing your muscles. If you have been practising this in pregnancy it would hopefully be more familiar for …

breathing during pregnancy

5 effective ways to practice your breathing during pregnancy

If you can practice your breathing during pregnancy, you can learn to focus on and use your breathing effectively. It can help you to manage sickness and nausea, headaches, back ache and pelvic pain, as well as any anxiety or feeling overwhelmed. Using your breathing can be a simple and effective way to ease discomfort in pregnancy and it can be excellent preparation for birth and for when your baby is here. The key to using your breathing is to make it familiar for you, so it is comfortable to use and so it easy and you don’t have to think about it. So how do you use your breathing during pregnancy? Make the time to practice it – just a few minutes at a time. Bring it into your day so you are using it frequently: start with morning, daytime and evening. Keep it simple – this is about how you breathe, not learning a new way to breathe. Get to know your breathing and to familiarise yourself with how your body feels when …

Relax & Breathe – for every day

Relax & Breathe is simple and effective and can make the management of day-to-day stress, anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed much easier. My philosophy is that I would rather have something to fall back and use rather than just coping with stress and anxiety. While I specialise in running Relax & Breathe with expectant parents, the techniques can be used by everyone and they have been very useful during the pandemic and its various restrictions. My tips for using Relax & Breathe is to keep it simple, don’t overthink it – all you are doing is slowing your breathing to a more relaxed pace, and relaxing your body as you breathe out. Relax & Breathe Techniques The key to this is finding what works for you – take a listen and adapt as you need to. Bring Relax & Breathe Into Your Day Use your breathing for focus and calm as you need it throughout your day. You can build it in to your day and use it to de-stress, to manage anxiety and …

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Relax & Breathe At The End Of Your Day

You can use Relax & Breathe to relax in the evening or to unwind before bed. It can be a great way to let go of your day or get ready for bed. You could use it when you get it from work, when your children go to bed, to help you unwind for the evening or before you go to bed. As you practice it, you can make it your own – fitting it into your evening when you can and for as long as you need it. Also available:Relax & Breathe For Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Just let me know if you have any questions. A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting Say hello…Instagram | Linkedin Copyright: Janine Smith