Pregnancy & Mummy Tips | Golden Rule of Prioritisation & Prenatal Yoga
I’m 25 weeks pregnant and making sure I stay fit by sticking with my yoga practice. At the beginning, I had aimed to do this daily but with a 5 year old to care for, playing single mum almost half the time (with my hubby travelling so much) and working, I’m lucky to be able to prioritise 3-4 practices in a week.
I don’t use the word ‘prioritise‘ loosely either. The truth is that there is never enough time for everything if you don’t prioritise and plan your day. So, if you are finding it hard to ‘fit in’ things in your life, you’ve simply ‘DE-prioritised’ them. Trust me on this…although it has taken me years to learn this. Try it for yourself.
Plan your day by prioritising the things that are important to you, followed by things that are pressing and finally, things that have been sitting on the ‘to-do’ list for a while.
Golden rule: NO PROCRASTINATION, STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE - because even if you do, some things will already fall out of plan naturally. But if you don’t stick to the schedule, you’ll end up adding on to that ‘to-do’ list which will eventually snowball & add to emotional stress. Challenge yourself to stick to this golden rule and once you get used to it, you will find a good balance between prioritising the boring and the fun.
And for most of us, balance is key. When you can balance your life, physically and emotionally, you feel good.
Ok, so back to my prenatal yoga…
I’m so glad I am sticking with my practice and getting stronger as I get heavier. The best thing about it is that, while my belly grows, my upper body and legs are benefitting from the additional weight I am training with. It means that I will come out of my pregnancy with nice and strong arms and legs. Winning!
Not only that…Pregnancy hormones help relax the ligaments so that, with caution of course, it’s easier to get into poses that used to require increased flexibility. Again, another added postnatal benefit. Increased flexibility and muscle suppleness.
For all of you out there, pregnant or not, remember to find balance through the golden rule of prioritisation and, of course, happy yoga-ing!