On June 12, 2020, my miracle arrived, Niko Iman Thompson. She was born during one of the most stressful times in the world.
The severity of the Pandemic totally altered how I saw the world. I no longer felt safe. Giving birth in a hospital became even more of concern for me.
As I watched the news, I thought about the world and all of the businesses that would close and what that meant for people and their families.
As I started calming down, George Floyd was murdered and the protests began. I was so sad and angry that another black man was murdered. Fear, and anxiety overcame me and wanting to get out of bed became difficult. I worried about my husband and all of the other black men I knew in my life. Civil unrest at the same time of a pandemic while, really took me to a dark place.
Here are four things I did to take care of myself before I gave birth.
Prayer- I started praying and really asking God to give me peace and to guide me. I realized that as controlling as I can be. I am not in control.
Meditation and calming music– It soothed the chatter and all the negative talk in my head. I started my day with it and my mood shifted immediately.
Therapy-Being able to talk to someone about all the things that prohibits me from living my life with joy is a blessing. I highly recommend a therapist to anyone that is dealing with anxiety, past hurts or any issue that stops you from living life freely.
Hypnobirthing– A method that teaches women to be calm and fearless during labor and delivery. I learned breathing techniques and words of affirmations. Birth can be scary for mothers on the day of delivery. Surprisingly, I was ready to meet my girl and had no fear. I visualized a fast delivery in a hospital that was only interested in my safety and well being. That’s exactly what I got.
Please share with me in the comments how you deal with your stress during the pandemic.