in Baby and Pregnancy, Health, Well being
Recently and especially throughout my pregnancy, I’ve really got into the power of affirmations and the effect that they can have on my overall outlook on things. This idea occurred to me during my first active labour class over a month ago. Starting out I felt so unprepared for the birth and a bit freaked out by it to be honest as you hear such horror stories.
I also had doubts about whether I would be able to make it through a natural and unassisted birth. My teacher reads encouraging affirmations regarding labour during class, and they’ve certainly made me feel more inspired and optimistic about the birth.
It might seem unlikely that repeating a set of optimistic words will have such an effect, but they have had a significant impact on me. Trying to remain optimistic has the effect of pushing bad feelings to the back of one’s mind. Sure, they do come up now and again, but I go back to my affirmations and remind myself that millions of people before me have had such wonderful natural birthing experiences.
Affirmations can be used in almost any scenario that is unpleasant, whether it is related to employment, personal life, fitness, or even the possibility of the vehicle breaking down on the side of the lane. Negative feelings may have a negative impact on your perspective on life and how you deal with those circumstances.
Words have such a powerful effect on our thinking, that the more we hear something, the more we consider that to be so. As a result, repeating positive statements about particular circumstances will change our thinking patterns, behaviour, and response to situations.
There are some great affirmations which can be applied to many situations in this article from the Huffington Post. The beauty of affirmations is that they don’t have to be complicated; a simple sentence consisting of a few phrases would suffice.
As long as they have a positive effect and attempt to dispel any negative thoughts, then you are half way there. Some of my personal favourites that are not related to labour and birth include:
- ‘I am strong, fit and healthy.’
- ‘I am worthy of success and I will reach success.’
- ‘I accept myself as I am and who I will continue to be.’
- ‘You are awesome!’
- I’ve chosen to happy because it is good for my health.’
- ‘Small steps forward is still progress.’
One my favourite affirmations from my class is ‘my labour is easy.’ Obviously I know that labour is going to be intense and a huge pressure on my body, there is no doubt about that! I figured that the point of this affirmation isn’t to down-play the significance of child-birth, but to instil a sense of fearlessness.
Over the past month or so repeating some of these positive affirmations from my class has helped me feel more reassured about labour and more confident about a natural birth.
Do you believe in the power of affirmations? Have you got any favourites that you like to repeat to yourself?
How has repeating a particular statement had a positive impact on your life?
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