More and more individuals are turning to mind and body programs to help them during their pregnancy or in their daily lives to stay healthy. Many believe there is a powerful connection between the mind and the body, as exercise often leads to greater mental health and helps to relieve stress for many individuals. Each patient is different, of course, so results of various programs may vary. It is also important to inform the instructor of such mind and body programs of any medical conditions before beginning, as certain conditions may preclude patients from participating in certain exercises.
Mind and body programs often involve various exercises or techniques that focus on relieving stress or managing stress. This may include yoga or acupuncture to relieve stress and/or may include nutritional counseling services to help patients learn how to eat healthy. Individuals may also learn various relaxation techniques and how to deal with stress in their everyday lives. Eliminating stressors may also be a focus of these programs.
Support programs with others going through similar issues during pregnancy may be helpful as well. Communicating with others who may be able to offer tips or advice can be helpful, while simply talking with those going through the same thing as you may be helpful as well. These support programs may lead to friendships with others and the bond formed with others may be helpful in achieving greater joy.
Many mind and body programs also focus on how to discover greater happiness in life. This doesn’t have to mean traveling the world or quitting one’s job, but may include adjusting one’s life to eliminate negative influences or stressors that may not have a positive impact on overall mental well-being. Learning how to alter one’s way of thinking may also be helpful. Turning negative thoughts into one’s with a positive spin may be helpful as well.
A mind and body program won’t require that participants turn their lives upside down, but it will give pregnant women guidance as far as how to ensure a health mind-body relationship during their pregnancy to ease stress during this time that may impact both their own health and that of the baby. Programs differ, so talking with an instructor beforehand will be beneficial in learning precisely what lessons or exercises may be included in these programs. Finding a program that suits you well and with which you feel comfortable is important.
By Arianna Benson