Chitra is one of those people you meet as an expecting or new mother and you immediately feel like everything is going to be ok. Without even following a course or workshop, there’s just something about the energy she radiates, the way she listens to your concerns and the free advice she provides in casual conversation that eases tensions and makes it better.
Then there’s, of course, the HypnoMothering course itself. Too often with pregnancy, especially with your first child, one is so tied up with the pregnancy itself and then the birth, that we neglect to prepare ourselves for the intensity that is motherhood. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is without a doubt the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it doesn’t come without its own challenges and trying times – sleepless nights, medical issues, fear of this and fear of that – especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic times.
The HypnoMothering workshop provided me with two main things. Firstly, it gave me the tools to calm myself during the stresses of motherhood through a series of breath meditations (as I interpreted them). It may sound simple, but when you’re going for months on end without proper sleep, any tools you can have that allow you to quickly fall asleep, or power rest during a baby nap is worth embracing. Secondly, the workshop itself is just a wonderful moment to leave the child with another carer and take some time to reconnect with your mind and body.