I wanted to write about how being more aware of the mind & body connection has helped me recently and how much hypnobirthing techniques which I learnt when I was pregnant have remained so powerful even four years later.
"Tools for life" indeed!
Since the beginning of the year I have been studying intensely with a subject that has been hugely challenging to/ for me.
If anyone would have said to me that I would be working towards a qualification in Anatomy & Physiology I would have laughed and called them mad!
And certainly wouldn't have enrolled - yet here I am now finally able to look back & reflect on just how far I have come and with the added bonus of having succeeded with something that was a huge (personal) mountain to climb.
I knew I was going to struggle with the A&P exam (I always have done under those types of conditions) and after failing my first attempt it was clear that I was going to have to really put the hours in to get the result I wanted & needed.
I spent more time than I wished - or really had - on revising and finding different ways that worked for me to help me really understand the information I needed to learn and more importantly how I was going to retain that when it came to the day of sitting the test.
It got me thinking about how I really wanted to defy the odds and have a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) when I was pregnant with our second.
I knew that investing (not just financially but also mentally ) onto a hypnobirthing course - was absolutely going to help me in my quest to achieve the right birth on the day.
I really enjoyed learning all of the new Wise Hippo Birthing Programme content week-by-week and taking the time to practice my homework in-between, to build on the education shared by my teacher.
The MP3s/ music and positive affirmations all became part of a new routine I set myself and definetly played a part on the day!
Holding my baby in my arms and being able to get up and move around so much easier than I had with my first (c-section birth experience) had been so, so worth it.
Back to the present day, as I began to spiral and despair about how on earth I was going to get to the position of being able to answer so many questions on such a complicated/ complex subject, I found the fear was rising.
I know for sure that during that first/ failed attempt that fear and tension were playing a massive part as I began to get more worked up with not knowing what to do.
Nerves had well and truly kicked in and being aware that I hadn't put in the time I needed to practice was evident with each answer I didn't know.
I needed to do this but how??
One day I realised that I really do have a wonderful set of tips & tricks that would undoubtedly support me during this period and that was all of the Wise Hippo tools that I had learnt during my pregnancy.
And also get to share with all of my wonderful expectant parents when I teach the
These 'tools for life' really are just that.
Finding and taking time to relax properly before I started my revision along with the useful breathing techniques, music and new positive affirmations that I set meant that when I got to have a second attempt at the exam I could be more calm and focused.
I had put in the work and worked on my sub-conscious mind to turn my usual thoughts of 'I just can't do this' instead, to ' I have worked hard enough to know what I need to do and get the result I want'.
And do you know what? I bloody well did!
With a fabulous pass of 83% I am now able to move forwards with my personal and business goals and not have to keep worrying about not getting what I wanted.
If you are finding that you are unsure of how to prepare for such a major life event as giving birth then I would whole-heartedly advise you to look into hypnobirthing as part of your antenatal preparation whether it's your first baby or fourth!
I am always more than happy to have a chat with you with any questions you might have about your pregnancy, birth and beyond so please do get in touch anytime.
Read more about The Wise Hippo' transferable tools for life here
Special thanks and credit to Tina Ketteridge-Allen at Bee@one Coaching Ltd. for her wonderful sessions and support that help me so much too.