The Clinic star Leigh Arnold reveals meditation saved life after loss of baby son to cot death – The Irish Sun

Posted: January 19, 2021 at 4:51 pm


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THE Clinic star Leigh Arnold has revealed that meditation saved her life after she lost her baby son to cot death.

The actress and her husband Steve Davies were devastated when they lost their second son Flynn to sudden infant death syndrome in 2013 when he was just two weeks old.

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The mum - who also has children Hunter, eight, Piper, four, and 15-month-old Honey - and her family then moved to Ibiza where she and hubby Steve run wellness retreats.

Leigh, 41, admitted that she tried to get medical help to cope with her grief but found solace elsewhere.

Speaking to hosts Muireann O'Connell and Martin King on tonight's Six O'Clock Show she said: "I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if it wasn't for what happened to me personally.

"It was either I turn to conventional medicine, which I did, and personally it just didn't work for me.

"I had quite a bad reaction. Now that's not everyone's case, it works for a lot of people.

"But for me, my body just needed something more. I needed to stop living in this fight or flight, constant state of panic.

"I realised that by just stopping and learning to be in the present moment - I know this sounds hippy dippy but I think people are starting to understand it more and more.

"Just living in the moment, stopping and breathing and getting to go right inside to 'Who am I? What's going on in my life personally?'

"That's literally what I did and that's why we moved to Ibiza and this is, I think, becoming much more of a case in everyone's lives."

She explained that taking a pause is something that many people are doing every day to help their mental health.

She said: "People are going right back into the tools that we have within us, we hold the key inside us.

"We don't need to look outside and start things in our bodies that are not necessarily good for us, we can work on these things alone through various things that cost us nothing, that we have freely available to us in our own body and our own mind.

"It absolutely saved my life. Breathwork and meditation, if I didn't so it, I would not probably be standing here today."

When asked what advice she would give to those struggling during level restrictions, Leigh revealed her daily routine.

She said: "I start the day, as often as I can when I don't have a 15-month-old bouncing on my head, if I have those spare minutes, I try to start the day, just before I get out of bed to take a couple of breaths and just be kind to myself.

"Just say something good, say something positive about the day. I always try and set my intentions, you know, what do I want to achieve today? How do I want to feel about myself?

"Considering everything that's happened in my life, I'm blessed to have so many amazing things in my life as well.

"I have a beautiful family, beautiful friends, amazing life living here and I've got so much to be grateful for."

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She added: "We all do and even during these difficult times, remember you're loved.

"You are absolutely worthy of being here, you are worthy of every breath you take and just know you are loved.

"But you have to start loving yourself and if you don't start loving yourself, life is difficult enough."

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