Word of the week – Relax

I’ve just stumbles across a really great new linky that I think is a perfect way to reflect upon and sum up your week. It’s called Word of the week over at The Reading Residence.

As you can tell by the title, you simply need to sum it up with a word – but I think it can actually be a very difficult task. Days vary, some are hectic, some are calm, some are boring … you catch my drift.

So I’ve taken a little while to think about it and I’ve come up with a word to describe not how my week has been but how my week should have been … more like a plan for next week really …


I mentioned in my 34 week bumpdate post that I was feeling quite overwhelmed with all I still need to do. I haven’t got my hospital bag sorted, or little Rabbits. I still need a changing bag and I’m constantly finding new things in and around the house to add to my to-do list. I know it’s all part of nesting, but it’s made me feel a little bit exhausted.

My fiancé Pete is great, and is always telling me to just take the time to relax, but when I sit on the sofa for 5 minutes I end up picking up my laptop and before I know it a day of belongings gone by! Nothing wrong with this but it then piles up every other task I have to do into a mad rush before bed time.

So I’ve been thinking about the ways that I can relax and here are my top 4 that I’m going to try and incorporate everyday:

1 – Lists

Now I know this sounds a bit hypocritical after saying that my long to-do lists are making me feel overwhelmed; but at the same time they relax me. Writing them makes me feel in control, I know what I need to do, how and when by. Getting the tasks done, well thats a different story. Ticking the to-do’s off the list, that’s like tea and biscuits for me … heaven!

2 – Brisk walk

As Rabbit is currently back to back I’ve been trying to flip him over by crawling around like a cat and bouncing on the exercise ball. I’ve not actually been doing any proper exercise though, so my plan now is to go for a walk a day. Even if it’s just to the seafront and back (10 min round trip) just to get some fresh air, get me out of my pi’s and get my endorphins going a little. This should also help me to relax at home and not feel so wired before sleep time.

3  – Bubble bath

A bath seems to be the best pain relief for me. I get quite a lot of growing pains as well as a bad lower back and a bath always seems to do the job. It’s relieves my pain so much that I’m choosing to have a water birth (providing Rabbit turns in time).  My problem however is that I lay in the relaxing bath, and use my phone to browse twitter and write posts. I need to leave the phone outside, light some candles and just enjoy the water for all it’s glory!

4 – Natal hypnotherapy

This has really been helping me to feel excited about labour. I’m going to post about it properly closer to my due date but that little 35 minutes of total relaxation that I give myself 3 times a week is setting the way for what I hope to be a calm and pleasurable labour!

Also, this weekend I have my best friend Paige over for a girly night and Sunday is my baby shower so a great chance to see all my good friends and family and just focus on my pregnancy and little Rabbit.

How do you find the time to relax?

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  • BakedPotato Mummy
    7th March 2014 at 11:47 am Reply

    Lovely post. Relaxation is so important, but especially in pregnancy. I did a hypnobirth course during my pregnancy with Potato, and despite having it have a hospital birth due to my gestational diabetes, had a lovely hypnobirth. You can read my birth story in my blog, but I haven’t included a link here as some bloggers don’t like links in comments.
    Hope you find a little more time to relax this week xx

    • Jessica
      7th March 2014 at 1:16 pm Reply

      Its always great to hear from other mums who’ve tried and tested hypnobirthing. Lots of my friends laugh but I really think it’s going to help …. I hope! I’ll definitely give it a read 🙂

      Oh and I don’t mind links at all, belongings for sharing 🙂 xx

  • The Reading Residence
    7th March 2014 at 2:01 pm Reply

    These 4 ideas sounds great ways to relax. Personally, I know that reading a good book helps me switch off and relax, and I definitely like a list to help me feel in control. Hope you manage to relax more next week.
    Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Jessica
      7th March 2014 at 2:20 pm Reply

      I can’t remember the last time I sat down and read. I used to all the time but now I feel like theres always something to do. I must make more time for it! xx

  • thenthefunbegan
    7th March 2014 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Sounds like you’re doing all the right things! I had a waterbirth with my second baby (here’s a link to my birth story: http://andthenthefunbegan.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/my-water-baby/) and I can’t recommend it enough. #WotW

    • Jessica
      8th March 2014 at 7:44 am Reply

      Thankyou I’ll check it out, always great to read other mumas stories

  • Helen
    8th March 2014 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Good luck! I did a hypnotheray CD and it really helped me relax through a tough, intervention filled labour. I came out of it feeling ok with it all and I think the relaxation played a big part in that.

    • Jessica
      10th March 2014 at 7:38 am Reply

      Thanks Helen, it’s great to hear from others who have done the cd. So far I’ve heard of no negative experiences with it! Xx

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