It’S The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year? How To Combat Holiday Anxiety?
The holiday season is once again right on our doorstep. The glad tidings and good cheer are something many look forward to. For others, it is a reminder that another year has gone by and the only gift they wish for has yet to be delivered.
When a woman or couple have been struggling with infertility, this time of year can be very difficult. Surrounded by joyful families celebrating highlights the feelings of emptiness and the accompanying emotional stress.
How stress impacts fertility is not completely understood but high levels of stress can prevent pregnancy and affect a woman’s chance of conceiving. What we do understand is that taking steps to manage stress provides a better quality of life during challenging times.
What you Can Do?
Proper stress management helps people feel more in control and can improve overall well-being. Reducing stress can help bring a sense of clarity and aid women and couples in making better decisions for their health and fertility treatment options.
It should be remembered that being stress free during fertility struggles is an unrealistic expectation, but finding ways to minimize stress and its detrimental effects is recommended. The following are just a few suggestions that could be a part of a stress management program.
Meditation is a practice that is becoming more and more prevalent in the western world even though cultures have been practicing it for ages. It is a very simple concept that can be extremely helpful for allowing an individual the opportunity to get in touch with their inner self. Regular meditation will lower your blood cortisol levels and help ground your energy so that you can embrace the journey to parenthood calmly.
For some, I suggest a less rigorous form of meditation-like practices. Mindfulness exercises that can be simply incorporated into your daily routines. Choose an activity that you partake in daily such as washing your hands or having a glass of water or even opening a door. Each time that you do that activity, check in with yourself.
Take a couple of deep breaths and consider for a moment where you’re at emotionally, physically and intellectually. You don’t have to address your feelings in any way nor judge them. Simply acknowledge where you are and what you’re doing.
Then, most importantly, smile and be grateful for all the wonderful blessings you have in your life. Be in the moment for that moment and then carry on with your day.
The stress relieving power of acupuncture is gaining center stage in the reproductive medical community. Patients regularly report being much more relaxed and able to cope with the pressures of life and fertility challenges when they receive regular treatments. A growing body of available published research on acupuncture and stress demonstrate reduced perceived stress scores and stress hormone levels due to its relaxing effect on the nervous system.
It’s the perfect time of year to lend a hand to those in need. Putting others first can be a great way to get out of your head and serve as great preparation for parenting.
The American writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson put it best when he said: “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping themself.”