If you are trying to get pregnant, everyone will tell don’t stress out about it and it will happen. Maybe that is true, but it is a real challenge NOT to stress out. Everything is a reminder of what you are trying to achieve, the pregnant bellies walking down the street, charting your basal body temperatures, timing intercourse,PMS, and then the arrival of your period. The stress is real and sometimes unavoidable, but its how we process our stress that will make the difference.
Meditation is a great way to minimize stress, but lets face it, most of are not very good at it. I challenge my clients to find 5 minutes per day, usually before bed to find some stillness. Now you can meditate during this time, or stare at a flickering candle, listen to music or watch the clock until your 5 minutes are up. But in just 5 minutes a day, you can reset your fight or flight response, reduce your stress hormones, and feel like you take on the world again.
Other things that will help with stress:
- Practice yoga 1-2 times per week
- Write down 3 things that you are grateful for everyday in a gratitude journal
- Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 8 counts, and exhale for 8 counts
- Hang out in nature