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Destressing 101: How to Lower Stress When Trying to Conceive

4 Young woman destressing by reading a book and having a cuppa

Many of us think we’re too busy to relax and often make up excuses to avoid quiet time. But it’s important to consider the many benefits involved with destressing. After all, it can have an impact on every aspect of our lives, including our ability to conceive. But it doesn’t need to be like this. 

The following article provides helpful guidance on how you can start destressing to increase your chances of conceiving. Ultimately, these techniques will improve your ability to deal with all stressful situations, enhancing your overall wellbeing. 

Get to Know Yourself by Meditating 

As long as you are sitting in a comfortable position (or lying down), breathing in and out, and resting your mind, you are meditating. In fact, meditation can also involve painting, drawing, swimming or any other activity where you are calm and living in the present. It’s all about having “me time”. 

If you find yourself thinking about work, relationships or your never-ending list of tasks that need to be completed, take a step back and release these thoughts and focus on your breathing instead. Practice this every day for 10 minutes and you’ll notice the difference! 

If you have trouble getting your mind to relax, try binaural beat meditations – two tones that alter your brain waves and relax you almost instantly. 

Start a Diary or Journal 

It may seem like something only teenagers do, but the benefits of keeping a diary or journal are well known throughout the psychology community. Rather than simply writing a boring account of your day’s events, describe how you feel about certain things or people, and really try to get these feelings off your chest. 

Negative thoughts have the ability to attach to your mind like glue, so it’s important to let them go. Whether you’re worried about your younger sister falling pregnant before you or rumours that are flying around about your inability to conceive, write it all down and let it out. 

Have Sex! 

Don’t even think about conceiving, sperm motility or cervical mucus. Having sex just for fun is a great – and perhaps one of the most effective forms of relieving stress. 

Whether you want to plan a date night with your partner, or watch a funny movie to heat things up, having sex is the ultimate way to destress and just let go. Whether it’s for an hour or just a few minutes, you will find yourself feeling more relaxed than you can imagine. 

A Final Word About Destressing 

The most important aspect of destressing is knowing within yourself that you have the power to control your life – and especially how you feel. When you start realising this, you will understand that stress is created not by those around you, but by you. 

Take some time out for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes per day, and start doing those activities you used to enjoy – whether it’s reading a book, sipping a tea or playing a musical instrument. 

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