We all know that when you feel stressed things can start to go wrong. You start dropping things, banging into things, getting exasperated easily – you can almost feel the atmosphere around you changing. The same is true for your baby.
Relaxation – how it helps
Relaxation is so important for our general digestive system, nervous system, sleep and overall enjoyment. The key is becoming relaxed within yourself, as your baby will definitely pick up on your vibes. Deep breathing, meditation and yoga are all things that can be done in the home and will definitely help with relaxation.
What if you find it hard to switch off and meditate? What if yoga is too difficult or the classes are nowhere near where you live? There are pieces of music written especially to aid with calming the nervous system. By having such a CD on in the background you are creating a more soothing atmosphere for yourself and your child. You’ll notice that your baby is quite happy lying there, whereas before she might have been screaming her head off.
Once you are feeling more relaxed yourself, your baby will be aware of it. This can be of great benefit while you are breastfeeding. Some babies take longer to relax into breastfeeding. Playing such a piece of music can help you both to relax so that the feeding experience becomes calm and pleasant. Drink lots of water as well. When we’re stressed our bodies become dehydrated, so we need extra water.
Playing the same piece of music again and again can have a stronger effect as both you and your baby expect to feel more relaxed almost as soon as the CD has started. The music acts like a trigger, telling your body to let go of tension and settle down to enjoy relaxing.
About The Author
This article is written by Daphne Nancholas. She is a professional homeopath who specialises in the female cycle. Daphne is the author of the book Taking Off, a helpful handbook for newly qualified homeopathic practitioners. She is a partner and singer in http://www.calmtime.co.uk a site which provides relaxation music written especially to help calm during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, stressed out, irritable babies and for the whole family to relax and chill out.