Fertile Frenzy: How Stress and Anxiety Impact Our Fertility
How Do Stress and Anxiety Impact Fertility?
The stress response is crucial for our body’s ability to face potential dangers and keep us safe. This response causes the famous “fight or flight,” allowing us to either get away from a situation or muster the energy to confront it. Our muscles activate, our heart races, and we are prepared to act.
When we are in true moments of stress, having a baby is simply not at the top of the body’s to-do list. Our bodies are focused on keeping us alert, active, and alive now – not preparing a great quality egg or making sure there is a fertile uterine lining in place for later in the month. Blood, energy, and nutrients are shunted away from body systems that aren’t a top priority (like the reproductive system) and sent to other areas that need more immediate attention.
Holistic Wisdom: The Chinese Medicine Connection Between Stress and Fertility
Stop the Stress with Healthy Habits
- Don’t multitask at mealtimes.
If you’re trying to conceive, now is the time to ditch that habit of working through lunch or eating breakfast on the go. A relaxed mealtime that’s focused entirely on enjoying the food (no phones!) encourages the body to enter the parasympathetic system’s “rest and digest,” which encourages healthy blood flow and repair to the digestive and reproductive systems.
- Stay current with your acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture has been proven to reduce stress both in the moment and in the long-run. With regular visits, your body learns to rebound from the stress response faster and with a reduced impact on the reproductive system. Plus, acupuncture is one of the best holistic therapies to enhance your fertility and ensure a healthy pregnancy. If you’re new to acupuncture, let’s find out if a treatment plan is right for you. Sign up for a free consultation here!
- Meditate daily – even if it doesn’t feel “relaxing.”There are many ways we can fight the effects of stress, but meditation is one of the most effective ways to prevent stress and anxiety in the first place. Meditation is like physical training for your mind. It gives your brain the resilience to fight off stress before it even has a chance to cause problems. Meditation is also incredibly helpful to calm stress and anxiety in the moment, whenever it does get out of hand, but don’t worry if it doesn’t feel relaxing. It’s a practice and takes a bit of time to notice the changes, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t happening! Try general stress-relieving guided meditations, or opt for a fertility meditation for even more fertility support.
- Don’t pass on exercise.
When we’re stressed, sometimes the last thing we want to do is move. Exercise, however, is key for releasing the built-up physical and mental tension of stress. A good 30-45 minutes of exercise per day is enough to blow off steam and improve circulation to your entire body – including your reproductive organs.
- Make time for laughter.Laughter is one of the best ways to clear away stress and improve your body’s overall wellbeing. But a chuckle won’t do it! Let yourself have a big belly laugh by reminiscing on old hilarious moments with your friends or tuning into a favorite comedy.
- Give yourself a break.
Much of our stress comes from pushing too hard, too often. We pile our commitments too high, then feel terrible when we can’t accomplish everything. To make matters worse, we often skimp on sleep and relaxation to get everything done. As a result, our stress only builds and we are left in a more difficult position than before. So, the remedy is to give yourself a break – both literally and figuratively! Schedule in 10-minute breaks 3 times during your day by setting an alarm on your phone. Use this time to meditate, go for a quick walk, or simply rest your head. Make a regular bedtime a key priority. Then, cut yourself some slack. No one can do it all – and certainly, no one can do it all and create a baby at the same time! Give yourself a little room to grow.
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Hi! I'm Angela
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Integrative Wellness Consultant and Mood-Gut expert.