relieve-infertility-stress-1.pngIf you are trying to become pregnant and it's not happening in the time frame that you were hoping for, (as in it's taking longer than you wanted or hoped) you may be feeling worried. That's a pretty typical response.

One of the things that we know about fertility and infertility is that a worried response is stressful and is also common. We also know that that stress is counter to becoming pregnant. Even so, please know that you can feel very stressed, super stressed even, and still become pregnant. Please understand that and don't start stressing about the fact that you're feeling stressed. The feeling of stress, however, is heavy and can feel burdensome especially while trying to make important decisions.

Ways to Relieve Infertility Stress

There are many things that relieve stress. (Please take a close look at RMACT's Integrated & Fertility Wellness Program [IFW], which includes nutrition counseling, acupuncture, fertility counseling, Fertile Yoga and professional and peer support groups).

One way to alleviate stress that is becoming more and more popular is meditation. Meditation can be intimidating if you have never tried it- it's tempting to think that "I" could never do it. Many of us think, incorrectly, there's only one right way to meditate or that if you try it once or a few times and it doesn't work that it will never work.

One way to develop a meditation practice that can serve you regarding your fertility obstacles and the rest of your life is to work with a master. There is a meditation master who is offering a free 21 day Meditation program later this month.

Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey bring a free meditation practice right to your computer. These programs are manageable, educational and ultimately soothing to the worries that infertility bring up. Oprah and Deepak have done many of these programs in the past several years and so are proven and reliable resource. The next one will begin on October 31, 2016.

Meditation Apps

There are plenty of good apps and websites out there to use that will guide you. You may want to try these highly regarded and rated apps between now and then:

  • Buddify
  • Calm
  • Headspace
  • In Sight

Try Meditation – What Do You Have to Lose?

One other simple way to meditate that works for many people is to set the timer on the phone for one minute, close your eyes and sit quietly during that time. Likely your brain will be busy during that minute. That's ok. It takes practice to quiet the mind and while you're practicing and your mind is still busy,  you are already reaping the benefits of meditation. Despite the many thoughts that may come through in that minute, there is a softening and relaxing that you may or may not be aware of- try doing a minute three times a day. Then maybe two minutes.

Try this for a week. It's free, it's short, it has no calories or caffeine.

What have you got to lose isn't the question with a meditation practice. It's what have you got to gain.

And the answer may be releasing some of the worry to be able to be more present in your own life.

Topics: Stress Reduction, Wellness

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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