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6 mantras to quickly calm your nervous system

Mantras might seem a bit woo-woo but they’re actually incredibly powerful. Repeating a mantra every day has been shown to calm the nervous system whilst also promoting a sense of peace and balance. In the thick of new mum life when sleep is all over the place and emotions are wild, a little mantra can make all the difference to your day. We’ve listed our five fave below:

The Mantras

1. I am strong, I am capable, I am enough.

You carried and birthed a baby. It is the biggest feat the human body can do. You may be feeling sore and exhausted but that’s to be expected. If you had just run a marathon you would expect to feel a little sore too. Hold on to your inner strength and trust your mama wisdom because you know exactly what you’re doing.

2. I inhale peace and exhale tension.

Sometimes just coming back to the breath is the quickest and simplest way to calm yourself. Take a second, close your eyes and just breathe. Relax your jaw, drop your shoulders. You got this.

3. This will pass, every day is a new beginning.

Whatever challenge you’re feeling today, it’s highly likely it won’t be as bad this time next week. Everything changes and so whatever phase you’re in will be different soon. Some will be good, some will be bad and some will be a bit of both. Don’t get stuck in it and remember that you can begin your day again at anytime.

4. My love and presence are enough for my baby.

There really is no right way to do motherhood. It’s as unique as you and your baby. You don’t need the right clothes or equipment, your baby just needs you. That’s it – just you. So look after yourself and prioritise your own well-being so you can keep showing up for you and your precious baby.

5. I surrender to this moment.

You can spend a lot of time thinking things should be different or better but it will get you nowhere fast. Instead, just let go. Take a huge breath and accept that where you are right now is where you are. And trust us when we say, your future self will be so happy you took a moment to stop and soak it all in.

6. I am the calm in the chaos.

You’re star of the show, mama. Not your baby but you. You set the tone for your family and your home so be the calm to the chaos around you. Be it and others will follow.

Box Breathing

If breathing’s your thing, check it out this little exercise below which is designed to help quiet the mind and alleviate anxiety. We recommend doing this breathing when you feel a surge of anxiety or as a daily practice to manage stress levels.

Box Breathing:

  1. Find a comfortable seated or lying position.
  2. Close your eyes and take a moment to focus on your breath.
  3. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for a count of four.
  4. Hold your breath for a count of four.
  5. Exhale slowly and completely through your mouth for a count of four.
  6. Pause and hold your breath again for a count of four.
  7. Repeat this process for several rounds, gradually increasing the count if comfortable.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed after giving birth, it’s important to slow down and speak to someone. Just saying the words like “this is a lot” aloud can make you feel better. And you know what, it is a lot! Giving birth is the biggest event you’ll probably go through in your entire life. It’s OK if it feels a lot. Give yourself some love and a little grace. It will get better.

Birthbabe does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. the resources on our website are provided for informational purposes only. you should always consult with a healthcare professional regarding any medical diagnoses or treatment options

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