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Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual during the time of Uncertainty

As a doula I am often speaking with my clients about the importance of the Three Rs in Labor.The terms coined by Penny Simkin refer to Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual as the essences of coping in labor in place of Fear, Tension, and Pain.As our society is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have found myself turning to these techniques in my own life as a way to cope during this time of uncertainty.I wanted to share these thoughts in hopes that like with birth, we can embrace the uncertainty one day/contraction at a time until the birth of healing arrives for our nation.
Relaxation Uncertainty can make even the calmest person feel some stress.The key to relaxation is understanding what is and isn’t in your control.The simplest thing you have control over is your body and mind.Check in with yourself.Are you feeling tense in your body?Are your thoughts racing?Take time to acknowledge these feelings and move toward a more positive place.Two minutes of deep breathing, a long shower, o…