Alphabet Challenge – C

The word for today is calm. Anybody that knows me knows I am typically anything but calm. About twenty years ago I decided to train as a Doula. I received my certification after attending a workshop at the hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

I worked in the Family Birth Center at our local hospital so becoming a Doula just seemed natural. The term “Doula” means working with women. It wasn’t the job I got paid to do but it was the one that satisfied me the most. I taught women a holistic approach to labor and delivery.

I could take a women that was hysterical and fighting labor and turn an otherwise risky labor into a beautiful and life-changing experience. Bringing a baby into the world through more calming techniques can improve the outcome for both Mom and Baby.

The techniques I learned also helped to calm my own issues with hyperactivity and anxiety. Here are just a few that you can do to be CALM.

1. Sit in a comfortable position (preferably the Lotus position) and with your eyes shut breathe in slowly to the count of 7 seconds and then release again to the count of 7 seconds, repeat 7 times. The number 7 is a spiritual number.

2. Try drinking herbal tea. Camomile tea is particularly good to induce sleep.

3. Visualization – close your eyes and think of a place that makes you calmer or it can even be a person.

4. Music has been proven to have a definite positive affect on the body. I not only am a musician but just generally enjoy music of different genres. Include music in your day even if it is only for five minutes.

These are just a few of the most calming techniques that can be used to improve your quality of life.

Thank you for being a part of my day. Don’t forget to forward this link to your friends. Have a wonderful day in the Lord.