Deep breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, is a skill that many of us have lost. To know what it’s like to really breathe deeply, take a minute out and observe a baby and what happens when they breathe. Their whole belly rises and falls with each breath, rather than just the chest. Now have a look at how most adults breathe - you rarely see the belly moving much at all, and if it does, it’s usually just the upper portions, rather than the whole abdomen. But this is a skill that could be highly important to get back in touch with.
Having a new baby at home is a time of emotional upheaval, even under the best of circumstances. Regardless of whether it’s your first baby or not, anxiety can be a common feeling during this time. But for some women, this feeling can grow, and begin to interfere with her ability to enjoy and take care of her new baby and herself. Postnatal anxiety and insomnia can range anywhere from being a mild case of the jitters right through to being severe, and can start suddenly straight after birth, or appear gradually in the weeks and months during the first year.
Most people will be familiar with the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Whether its from cramming for exams, the first few days in a new job, or prepping yourself for a first date, needing to perform can bring on some uncomfortable feelings. Here’s how to distinguish between a normal response to a situation and an unhealthy one.