WHY THO: ALWAYS-ON ANXIETY
WORRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING? YOU’RE NOT ALONE
There’s a popular Instagram meme that seems to pop up in our feed every week or so. It reads, “Me, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ My anxiety, ‘I’m glad you asked.’” During pregnancy it’s pretty much impossible to avoid the little voice in your head wondering if you should eat this, risk that or whether what you’re feeling is normal. There’s just so much: warnings, unfamiliar feelings, unsolicited advice…
Hormone fluctuations can affect the chemicals in your brain—anxiety can increase or decrease at this time; it really depends on the person.
Exercise. Even just going for a walk can help relax the mind.
Deep breathing—aromatherapy can also help chill you out if you want to maximize those deep breaths.
Do something you loved to do pre-pregnancy or pre-baby (i.e. reading a book, cooking a meal, calling a friend).
Write down your worst fears—sometimes the best way to kill a sense of overwhelm is to put it on paper.
WATCH OUT FOR:
Intense mood swings or any feelings of hopelessness. In these cases, contact your doctor. Postpartum depression is extremely common and treatable.
NEUROTIC QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Will essential oils in aromatherapy do something terrible to my baby?
Not in such a small concentration. We use only 1% pure essential oil which is such a tiny amount, it won’t hurt you or your baby (or offend your senses).
Relax, Lavender mood relaxer