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Stress has an affect on everyone during their lifetime. A little stress usually does not do much harm, however constant high level stress can have an impact both on one’s physical and emotional health. When a woman becomes pregnant she is not only responsible for her own well being. She now has to take better care of herself to ensure that her unborn baby is not harmed. Stress levels may increase during pregnancy since the body goes through many changes in a short period of time and can affect a woman's ability to keep up with daily activities and demands.
There are steps that pregnant women as well as others can take to help combat stress. 1. Rest. Don't be afraid to sit down and put your feet up or lay down and close your eyes. Pregnancy can cause you to feel more tired than usual and now is not the time to deprive your body of sleep. 2. Eat well. Follow a diet that is healthy, well balanced, and contains foods rich in vitamin B such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, and brown rice. Vitamin B promotes proper functioning of the brain and nervous system and also helps induce relaxation. 3. Exercise. Walking, swimming, yoga, and other light exercises are safe during a normal pregnancy and will help you to unwind and lift your mood. 4. Spend time with family and friends. Invite them to have lunch or refreshments with you. Express any concerns, hopes, and plans of your pregnancy and upcoming delivery. Family and friends can provide a great support system during and after pregnancy so don't be afraid to ask for help. 5. Start a new craft or hobby. There are many projects you can start such as knitting, scrapbooking, or sewing a baby quilt.
6. Write. During pregnancy women experience many physical and emotional changes to their bodies. Buy yourself a colorful notebook and pen and start a pregnancy journal. This will give you a way to release stress and emotions you are feeling. 7. Get some fresh air and sunshine. Take a walk on the beach, share a picnic lunch with loved ones, or do some gardening. This will help clear your mind of worries and allow you to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature. 8. Volunteer. Doing a service for others with expecting anything in return will help you feel great about yourself. Spend some time visiting elders, help in a soup kitchen, or walk dogs for a local animal shelter. 9. Organize and rid your home of clutter. Too much clutter can make anyone feel stressed out. To help relieve yourself get items in their proper places and clear out anything you no longer need. Give items away to others who may need them. Doing this will not only make you feel better it will also help you prepare for your baby's arrival. 10. Do something special just for you. Take a relaxing bath without any interruptions, read a book, get a hair cut, or just about anything else you would like. Sometimes just giving yourself a little extra attention can make you feel good about who you are.