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Meditate – Day 22 of Self Care for Pregnant and New Parents

I generally meditate daily although my practice hasn’t been as regular over the last couple of months. When I do meditate regularly, I find that I feel more grounded, relaxed and am in my best energy. This is because I’m checking in with myself and processing how I’m feeling on a regular basis (and clearing out what I don’t need).

In the beginning, it took me a while to find meditation practices that worked for me. If you’ve tried meditation before and found it wasn’t for you, it might be worth considering trying another type of meditation practice. If you’ve never meditated before, the idea might sound a bit daunting. Rest assured, meditation can be very simple and straightforward.

You may also have your own established meditation practice and that’s amazing.

Meditation can be practised in a number of different ways. Some of the simplest forms of meditation could be doing a body scan, focusing on your breath, imagining a visualisation, repeating a mantra, being actively aware (mindful) while walking or doing another type of movement or sitting quietly and noticing what comes up for you. You may also prefer a guided or a self led meditation.

The type of meditation that works for you may not work for someone else – and vice versa. This is why it can be helpful to try a few different meditation practices when you’re starting out to see what fits. There are a variety of apps and recordings of guided meditations available online to help get you started.

When you are starting out, you may also find it hard to focus, your mind might be racing or you might feel anxious or triggered during meditation. For many people, these types of experiences will ease as you get used to tuning in regularly. Keep in mind that sometimes it can be hard to focus even if you’ve been meditating for years.

It is also important to note that meditation may not be for everyone. For example, if you have had a traumatic experience, forcing yourself to meditate if the feelings coming up are too intense may create more stress, anxiety or panic. And you may need professional support to help you process your experience and emotions safely.

If you are affected by any if these experiences, you might find this article from Stresscoach helpful:

Today, I’m going to recommit to my meditation practice – maybe this also resonates with you. Or perhaps you want to try meditating or give it another go. Today’s video might help get you started. Even if you’re not interested in meditating, how would it feel to take a few minutes to be in the present moment today and really focus on what you’re doing?

Body scan meditation



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