7 Ways to Destress While Trying to ConceiveLisanne Wellness Center
When you’re actively trying to get pregnant, you may be under an unusually large amount of stress. The 28 days between checking pregnancy tests results can feel like a lifetime. Plus, you’re focusing on your diet, taking the right supplements, and tracking your ovulation. You want to just relax, since everyone seems to tell you that’s when you’ll get pregnant, but relaxing is hard when you’re focusing all your mental energy on bringing a baby in the world. But as stressful as this time is, it’s very important that you find ways to manage your stress. Stress makes infertility worse, so while you don’t realize it, you’re actually making it harder on yourself to get pregnant.
7 Ways to Destress While Trying to Conceive
Keep a Journal: When you keep a journal, you have an outlet for all the emotions you’re feeling, from hope for the future and excitement for building a family to fear of not getting pregnant, loneliness, isolation, and anger at infertility. Your journal is your space to vent or write your dreams for the future. It’s a place to talk yourself down on the most stressful days and build yourself up on days when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Get Outside: Spending time outside is linked to lower levels of depression and anxiety. The fresh air will make you feel better, too. Plan an outdoor activity with your partner a few times a week. You can take a walk together after dinner, plan a picnic in the par on the weekend, or just have coffee together on your patio in the morning.
Have a Mantra: In a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, researchers found that repeating a phrase with a spiritual meaning helped people cope with anxiety and insomnia. So choose a mantra that you will repeat to yourself at least three times every day. Your mantra is personal; nobody needs to know what it is. It should be positive and uplifting about your future baby and your ability to remain calm and at peace throughout the process.
Exercise: Exercise gives your brain a boost of serotonin (the happiness hormone). Exercise is a great way to reduce your overall stress and anxiety levels. It’s also a good way to get some quality time for yourself. Often, people report a good workout feeling like a form of meditation. Just don’t go too hard at the gym. Vigorous exercise may make it more difficult to get pregnant.
Meditate: A meditation or mindfulness practice can help you find peace and a center while you’re trying to get pregnant. There is no right or wrong way to meditate, so you can find a method that works for you. The most important thing is to spend a little time every day letting go of distractions, stressors, anger, frustration, and any other negative emotions you’re feeling, and simply focus on being present in the moment. You can try breathing exercises, guided meditations, or any other form of meditation that appeals to you. Lisanne Wellness Center offers a special 6-week program, Fertile mind Body Experience™. The program helps improve your body and mind wellness to boost fertility. You can register for this program online.
Treat Yourself: What’s something you really love to do? Bonus points if it’s something you haven’t done in a long time and miss. Take a weekend and treat yourself with that thing. You can choose to spend a day at the spa, get a massage, get an acupuncture treatment, get lunch with a friend or enjoy a detox ionic foot bath session with him / her. Simply, take some uninterrupted “me time.”
Have sex just for fun: Put aside your article on the best sex positions to get pregnant. Don’t worry whether or not you’re ovulating (In fact, pick a day when you’re not). Just take some time to reconnect with your partner just for the fun of it. Having sex for fun will remind you of your love for one another and strengthen your relationship as you move forward with trying to conceive.
Trying to get pregnant is stressful for everyone, but it’s especially difficult when you’re having a harder time than you expected getting pregnant. Don’t let the stress overwhelm you. Finding ways to destress while trying to conceive will not only make you feel better, it will actually improve your chances of getting pregnant. For more tips on managing the stress of infertility, contact Lisanne Wellness Center at 713-461-WELL.