The reality that some women will conceive easily and some women will experience a much more difficult journey to do so can rob even the most grounded soul of her sanity. Sure, modern science is there to explain that fertility issues are common and surmountable. But this doesn’t always soothe a racing mind or ease anxiety.
In fact, if you’re experiencing any type of reproductive stressors it can feel daunting to seek support, which in turn, will also increase your stress levels.
It is safe to say in 2016 that while stress itself may still remain as one of the larger medical enigmas, it is something we have been successfully treating with meditation for decades.
When you’re going through any type of physical or emotional difficulty, your body is producing a range of stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenalin. These same hormones are known to affect how we ovulate and access progesterone, leading to an incredibly challenging cycle of increasing hormonal imbalances.
So even if you don’t know a thing about meditation, we can start from the science. Developing a mindfulness practice will help to reduce your overall stress hormone levels, according to research by the University of California, Davis.
And can you think of anything better than having that kind of peace of mind when facing a family member, a friend or a colleague telling you to just relax about conceiving and let it happen?
A meditation practice helps you learn how to respond to triggers without constantly harming your own state of well-being or holding on to pain. Naturally and in small steps, shedding the stress from your life will offer a positive impact on your health.
In practicing meditation for fertility, there are some things to keep in mind:
Consistency is important: The more you do it, the more you see your mindful muscle strengthening (even at 15 minutes a day) offering real impact.
It’s worth it: When viewed beside the high costs of fertility treatments, meditation is not just incredibly valuable in supporting your body and mind. It is also an opportunity that doesn’t require appointments and doesn’t cost a thing, as it aids in your chances of healthy conception.
It is a way to stay connected to yourself: Many women experience their lives passing them by as they go through treatment. Our lives are important and ideally we are showing up for this experience with a present mind. However, it is also understandable that women would want to disconnect or disassociate, because fertility treatments can be grueling.
A daily practice can help you to appreciate and acknowledge yourself. The more you develop your mindfulness, the more you can access a deeper state of connectedness with yourself.
It helps cultivates resilience: This is so important when going through long periods of fertility treatments. Looking down a path you cannot control can become an intimidating experience with tough unexpected realities.
Meditation can offer you strength, by requiring you to slow down, to become more open to possibility, to see the present moment, to understand how many people care for and support you, and to appreciate life.
This increasing resilience is also part of the fertility process that gives you the ability to face your journey.
Meditation is empowering: It empowers you to sit with you. To be able to bear the challenge of infertility with a little more strength from a deeper place.
Whether you’re the type of person to seek out a guided meditation group or if you simply want to try an at-home practice, it is essential for both your mind and body. Even beyond your fertility, meditation can prove to be something that you might find changes your life in the best way possible.
This post was originally written by Angela Le for Empower Her.