avoiding stress?

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  1. BumbleTumble

    BumbleTumble Well-Known Member

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    hiya ladies :wave:

    are there any good ways to avoid stress, obviously you cant completley, but a little bit?

    im on a very busy noisy hospital ward, its psychiatric so there is going to be a lot of screaming and shouting and noise!!!

    im just wondering if anyone can suggest anything to help? i know its not a situation that many people would have been in, but anything to help!

    im also worrying about the baby hearing whats going on. they say about now LO can hear things that are going on outside my belly, and i dont want him or her to hear all the swearing and shouting, which may sound silly!

    there isnt really anywhere quiet to go, and im not allowed to go for walks :(
    so any tips or advice on how to calm down or anything?
    thanks
    xxx
     
  2. Jayjay027

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    Can u get a quiet few mins to listen to some relaxing music or sounds? Or even make a point of doing it for 15mins after u get home from each shift.
    I downloaded an app on to my phone with relaxing sounds, and it has things like a thunderstorm, waves crashing, crickets etc.
    Also, try the 'square breathing technique' - take a 5 second deep breath in, hold that for 5 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds then hold again for 5 seconds, and keep repeating that.
    It always worked for me :) x

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  3. Em91

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    I think I read somewhere that babies can't hear outside the womb until 30ish weeks? know it must be tough but the more calm you stay the better for the baby, so try not to worry to much. they still not found you somewhere yet? x
     
  4. deedee84

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    Earphones :) when i get a bit stressed i go lay on the bed earphones in and close my eyes...cant hear anything going on around you then and believe you me my DD can be a noisy bum some times lol...i just leave OH to deal with all the noise and chaos for a short while lol! xx
     
  5. BumbleTumble

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    thanks ladies, ill try all these tricks and see what happens!

    ive started doing 'mindfulness' with the psychologist everyday, which is breathing and concentrating on the moment, not on anything else. seems to help sometimes.

    i should be used to it because when i have 4 younger siblings! very noisy house, but its quite different.

    they havnt found me somewhere to live yet, but im pestering them all pretty much every working day!! lol, they will get so sick of me soon, they will have to find me somewhere quickly! :p
     
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    Hi, im in exactly the same kind of situation, working in a very noisy, stressful psychiatric ward! We do group therapies on the ward, so when i want to relax for a bit, i get a group of patients together and do group relaxation....that way everyone benefits,lol! I dont really worry about the baby hearing things, its only noise to them and doesnt really mean anything.
     
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    yeah, i suppose LO wont understand whats going on, just noises!

    i find when i am tense, LO doesnt move, but as soon as i relax, i will feel movement. this is probably normal, but its making me worry everytime im tense!

    ive had no fresh air for over a week now and im worrying about that as well. i have literally not set foot outside and there are no windows open. we are on 3rd floor. im sure this cant be good for either of us.
     
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    Yeah i know what you mean, im a real fresh air fanatic and find being stuck in the ward all day really difficult at the best of times, but its bothering me even more now im pregnant. Do you do the 12 hour shifts? I do the 8 hour shifts and I try and go for even a 5 minute walk during my lunch so i feel im getting some air. I also always try and g o for a walk either before or after my shift. Im finding it a bit easier now the nights are starting to get a bit lighter, but our great scottish weather doesnt help much,lol!
     
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    Like I say try not to stress over it!.. is there no way you can,get leave even if its escorted? x
     
  10. BumbleTumble

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    happyred, im actually a patient! am quite pleased that its not obvious though :p

    i had some leave yesterday.
    but its only with my cpn and social worker, so once a week.

    things have been a little quieter recently. but its getting very claustraphobic and stuffy!!
    i have my scan tomorrow so hopefully will be a little more relaxed once i know things are ok.
     
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    Good luck for your scan tomorrow, not that you will need it, are you finding out or staying team yellow? Hopefully you'll have your own place soon enough :) xx
     

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