Constant stress, anxiety and being ‘too busy’ with ‘not enough time’ will not help you get a stronger pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is largely caused by too much tension in the pelvic floor and a big part of my work with clients is on releasing that tension and getting back in touch with listening to what their body needs, and yes they always need rest.
Overwork can cause excess cortisol and adrenalin in your
body and long-term elevation of these hormones can cause adrenal exhaustion and
hormone imbalance. This can lead to eostrogen dominance, menstrual problems,
joint issues,, depression, weight gain and chronic fatigue.
Physically stress and anxiety causes tension in the shoulders, stomach, pelvic floor and shallow breathing.
Those symptoms of a weak pelvic floor can leave you feeling down, frustrated and anxious working on rest in order to boost your emotions can help you with the motivation to get your daily movement routines done and working on lifestyle changes.
Good quality rest can help your body rid itself of the excess cortisol and adrenalin and replenish energy, recover from strain. Taking time to relax will release tension in your muscles and allow you to breathe better which will in turn allow your body to move better and feel better.
Rest is easier said than done though, isn’t it.
We live in a society with a tendency to wear being busy as a badge of honour and anything that makes us appear lazy is difficult to allow ourselves do. Leaving the washing up to have a nap, switching off the phone in order to have a meditation admitting that you just can’t be bothered to do the weeding and want to lay down instead can all make us feel uncomfortable, bad and not ‘good enough’ because everyone else is managing aren’t they? (the answer is no)
How dare we be lazy when everyone else is so busy, what will people think of us?
Thing is though that learning to ‘be lazy’ (or creating a time for self-care however you like to define it) is going to really help you with getting rid of your symptoms of sneeze wee, incontinence and prolapse.
You don’t need to do it for long, like creating any new habit you can do it little by little. Take a minute to have 3 focused long slow breaths. Drink your cup of tea or water while watching the birds in the garden. Sit down after you’ve finished a job and really admire the outcome rather than rushing off to the next job. Sometimes just not accepting that invitation for a social get together but taking time to have an evening all to yourself will give you that much needed time to recharge.
Actually making the effort to be lazy each day is so important for your physical and emotional health and healing your pelvic floor.
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Rosie Dhoopun is an ante/postnatal exercise teacher, pelvic floor restore specialist, birth and postpartum educator and babywearing consultant