On a personal note, I married the woman of my dreams, and I had a baby daughter. I was oblivious to the fact that my nerves were being frayed for hours on end, and that I desperately needed fun face-to-face time with real human beings. Try not to get too hung up on finding the perfect solution. A great blog post. This is just awesome. Psychotherapy — which address mental disorders via psychological instead of medical means — is a common treatment, notes Strauss. More than 1 in 10 pregnant women experience anxiety at some point.
Simply sharing your thoughts and feelings may be enough to keep them from taking over your everyday life. You may also ask your doctor to refer you to a therapist who is trained to help with anxiety. Some therapists specialize in helping pregnant women. Engaging in activities that help to lower stress and anxiety may be a good option for you.
Physical activity helps your body release endorphins. These act like natural painkillers in your brain. Moving your body is one of the most recommended ways to manage stress. Do what you love! Anything that gets your body moving can help. Aerobic activity for as short as five minutes has been shown to have positive benefits. Always speak with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine during pregnancy.
You can try activities that help your body release endorphins without working up a sweat, including:. The American Institute of Stress recommends deep abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes per day to help with anxiety.
Doing so will help provide more oxygen to your brain and stimulate your nervous system. To try it, get in a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Imagine yourself smiling inwardly and release tension in your muscles. Then visualize that there are holes in your feet.
Breathe in and imagine the air circulating through your body. Exhale and repeat. Though sleep may seem elusive during pregnancy, making it a priority may help significantly with your anxiety symptoms. Do you wake up often at night?
Try sneaking in a nap whenever you feel the urge. Sometimes you may not feel like talking. All those thoughts need someplace to go.
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Try starting a journal where you can let out your feelings without fear of judgment. You may find that writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you organize or prioritize your worries. You can track different triggers to share with your doctor, too. Tokophobia is the fear of childbirth. If your anxiety is tied to childbirth itself, consider signing up for a birth class. Learning about the different stages of labor, what your body does, and what to expect at each turn may help demystify the process.
These classes often offer suggestions for dealing with pain. The sooner you get help, the better. Beyond referral to a therapist, there may be medications you can take to ease your most severe symptoms. You should never feel embarrassed about sharing your thoughts and feelings, especially if they concern you. In the course of a lifetime, that rate goes up to I talked to some experts to get a bit of guidance.
Simon said. But if your anxiety is interfering with your concentration, ability to focus or sleep — and, according to the DSM-5, if you have worry for more days than not for at least six months — that points to a disorder and you should seek a professional diagnostic assessment. But, Dr. Just walk outside — even that does wonders. Talk therapy is rarely a bad thing. Their place in the order of recommended treatments has decreased because of associated risks including abuse, physical dependence, and interfering with the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy.
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Keep it to five minutes, or do five breath cycles if five minutes causes anxiety. A meditation practice, she said, will help you start to feel more empowered. This is also where you might work in gratitude, or the practice of being grateful for what you have. I have a friend who keeps a list of things on her iPhone that make her feel good reading a few of them made me feel good, too!
Others write in journals or think of a positive thing — or several — before going to sleep at night. I sleep with my phone, or right next to it. I also installed an app called Moment , which told me I should spend less time looking at apps on my phone. I have to admit, when I do this I feel more able to handle the world around me, including my Twitter feed, which I ultimately removed from my phone.