National Fertility Week – advice on managing stress levels


Getting into the right frame of mind

A positive mind-body connection is very important to fertility. Negative thoughts, emotions and behaviours can lead to increased anxiety and depression. High stress levels have an impact on hormones. Remove your stress triggers (alcohol, cigarettes, and poor food choices) as much as possible. Some time-out on a regular basis will be very beneficial.

Deep Belly Breathing

It is important to breathe deeply from the bottom of our gut rather than shallow breathing. This will help to ease tension from the body and clear the mind, improving both physical and mental wellness. We tend to breathe shallowly or even hold our breath when we are feeling anxious. Sometimes we are not even aware of it. Shallow breathing limits your oxygen intake and adds further stress to your body, creating a vicious cycle. Breathing exercises can break this cycle.

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