5 Tips to reduce stress when trying to conceive are explored in this contributed post.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, there are no two ways about it; you need to relax. You might think you don’t have time to relax what with putting in a full working week, taking care of the house and trying to conceive, but if you don’t take time out to unwind, you could make it much more difficult to get pregnant.
The vast majority of infertility doctors agree that stress is one of the things that stop women from getting pregnant. It affects their mental and physical wellbeing, making the process much more difficult than it needs to be. So, if you’re frustrated by your lack of success before you try more extreme measures, do the following things to relax first:
Meditation isn’t as difficult as you think. You don’t have to bend your body into full lotus position or go off to a mountain retreat for two weeks; you just have to sit down, close your eyes and focus on your breath. It’s so simple, but it will help to keep you calm and present, and that will help your body fight off stress and all of the bad stuff it floods the body with.
The simple act of snuggling with a spouse, child or pet is enough to bring down stress levels and make you feel relaxed, almost instantly. So, take the time to relax with the people you love and indulge in pressure-free physical contact if you want to get your body and mind in the right space to conceive.
Book a Massage
If you’re so stressed out that your whole body feels tense, it’s time to book a massage or even better have your spouse massage you before the main event. You’ll feel so light and free that you won’t ruin your chances of conceiving by thinking too much about it and getting stressed out as a result.
When you’ve been trying to conceive for a whole without success, it can be so easy to slip into a negative mindset where you never stop blaming yourself and your spouse for the lack of progress in adding to your family. This will only make things worse, triggering stress and depression in the body. What you should do instead, is think positive. Recognize that no one is to blame and whenever you catch yourself being negative, stop, take a deep breath and replace that thought with a more positive statement. If you’re happy, things are much more likely to happen.
Get Away from It All
If nothing else works and you’re buckling under the stress of trying to conceive and getting upset when you don’t, it could be worth taking some time out either alone or with your spouse. Booking a relaxing holiday will help you to unwind, get some perspective and come back anew. In fact, many couples who’ve had trouble trying for a baby, but have no known fertility issues, have finally gotten pregnant on holiday when they were more relaxed than at home!
Various health concerns are explored in this contributed post.
Our health can be a delicate thing, in both a physical sense and in an emotional/mental sense. When we become unwell, or if we have grown up with a hereditary condition or illness, many of us inevitably feel low about it – even though it isn’t our fault. Feeling physically unwell can easily bring down your entire mood, especially if the illness lasts for a prolonged period. It is common practice for issues surrounding health to be a private matter between patient and doctor alone, even if they are widespread, routine problems. Having everyone know the ins and outs of your medical report doesn’t tend to appeal to many of us, and even less so if we harbor an illness, we are embarrassed about. In fact, the emotion of embarrassment often finds itself cropping up a lot about our physical health.
As we live in a time where almost everyone is obsessed, or at least somewhat invested in, health and fitness, admitting that not all is well with our bodies can sometimes make us feel like a failure. This is absurd, as everyone has their health problems at some point in their lives – that much is unavoidable. But nine times out of ten, suffering a health problem does not mean that you have not taken good care of yourself, or that there is anything fundamentally wrong with you.
In many ways, health is a little bit like a lottery; some people get lucky, while others don’t. But nonetheless, embarrassment can often still stand when it comes to certain health problems. Occasionally, the person in question may feel so ashamed of their ailment that they refuse to even see a doctor in the first place, and they could even end up becoming socially reclusive. However, it doesn’t always need to be this way. You might not think it initially, but the health problem that has been haunting you could often be easily rectifiable, and the sooner you get it sorted, the sooner you can carry on enjoying life.
Here are just a few examples of common health ailments many people deem ‘embarrassing,' and how beating that embarrassment can lead you to live a happier and altogether healthier life.
Although predominantly affecting men (due to decreasing levels of testosterone with age), hair loss can affect both genders intermittently. It sometimes comes in the form of hair that falls out, which could be a sign of an underlying disease, or it could be a symptom of stress.
On other occasions, you may notice that your hair has started to thin, and it no longer looks as luscious and thick as it once did. This can lead to a significant knock in confidence, especially if your hair was always your crowning glory. One mistake many of us make when experiencing thinning hair/hair loss problems is that we try to compensate by over-styling it – think back-combing for thickness, and lots of mousses to hold it in place. This may solve the problem initially, but in the long term it could further damage your hair, and you could be left in an even worse position.
The last thing you want is to feel so self-conscious about your hair that you are reluctant to leave the house – reclusive behavior like this can easily manifest itself into more serious conditions such as anxiety and depression. Visit a health professional about your hair loss and ask that they help you get to the root of the problem (no pun intended). You may have a vitamin or mineral deficiency that is playing a role in your hair loss, or it could be a reaction to trauma (either mental or physical). What the diagnosis, increasing the health of your hair and scalp is the only thing that will get your locks back to their usual, bouncy selves – and you’ll feel confident again in no time.
Sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (or STIs, as they are commonly known as) are typically the types of diseases that no one wants to admit to having. There is still a huge stigma around sex and promiscuity in our society, and this is what makes so many people reluctant to get checked out.
However, the truth of the matter is that if you are sexually active, you need to have a handle on your intimate health. There are even some STIs that can be caught even while using external protection, such as condoms, so you may not always be as safe as you think you are. That doesn’t mean to say, however, that you will be at risk of catching anything super serious. Most of the common STIs are not life-threatening and providing they are caught and treated early on; they will not have any impact at all on your long-term health. The issues start, however, when people put off their checkup or avoid discussing health matters with sexual partners, because of embarrassment.
You may even have faced criticism in the past for your sexual lifestyle, and it is easy to berate yourself for decisions you made a long time ago. But there is no point in beating yourself up about things – plus, becoming anxious could even make some of your physical symptoms worse. The best thing to do is to visit a trusted health professional who you do not feel uncomfortable opening up to. Of course, this isn’t for everyone, and you may have severe anxiety that you feel will stop you from attending an appointment. In this case, you may want to order your chlamydia treatment online instead – then you can just pick it up from your local pharmacy, no questions asked. But remember, doctors and nurses have seen it all before, and it is their job to remain impartial with every patient. It will never be as traumatic as you think it will be, so don’t be afraid to take control of your health.
A staggering amount of the population suffers from skin conditions – although you wouldn’t always know it. A lot of people have become experts at hiding their skin conditions from other people, even if doing so is at the expense of their health and comfort.
Common skin conditions include eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and even acne. All can be stressful to deal with, and can severely impact a person’s self-esteem. After all, your skin is everywhere, and depending on what you are wearing, much of it is also visible to other people. If you are living with a skin condition, you may find that you subconsciously cover up around others, due to the fear that they will find your skin revolting or unpleasant to look at.
While it is courteous to be aware of other people’s feelings, allowing your skin condition to rule your life in such a way can be dangerous territory to step into. Like so many other illnesses, stress and anxiety can even impact the severity of a skin condition – which is why you may notice that your symptoms flare up when you have an exam or a job interview to attend. So that you feel more comfortable around other people during a flare up, sit your friends down and explain to them what your condition is and what they can do to help you feel better about it. Many people do not know how to react to a skin condition for fear of upsetting the person with it. If you would rather your friends ask questions about it, go for it – but equally, if you would rather they just ignored it, that’s fine too. Embarrassment and all the subsequent emotions it can trigger can be difficult to deal with, but none of them are ever worse risking your long-term health or happiness for.
Suggestions for those suffering depression are explored in this contributed post.
Depression is a real illness and clinically recognized as mental health impairment. Sometimes depression is a symptom of something circumstantial going on in your life. Indeed so, there are other forms of that can be assessed as chemical imbalances, but these types can also be triggered by the circumstances of your life. It may be because of you every job, the people around you that you cannot connect with, a rocky road of divorce, or something much deeper as spiritual of sexual restlessness. Your body could be in chronic pain, and this can have an adverse affect on your mood. Going through a financially insecure and troubling time in your life is also very distressing, and prolonged worry will dip you into a cycle of depression. First, be honest with yourself and examine what might be the causing the tipping point, and then root out a solution that can alleviate the issue.
Challenge the negative thoughts
Your mind can be an echo chamber almost impenetrable by the outside world if you’re depressed; as is the common phrase ‘me, myself and I’. In a fight against depression a lot of mental strength is needed to change your outlook on life, but when you’re depressed, it seems like nothing can shake the bleakness out of your mind. The greatest perpetuation that continues the vicious cycle is that the negative thoughts are dominant and unchallenged. But the use of logic can flip those thoughts upside down. You might feel alone, that no one likes you, but could this be purely fictitious? Do you have any evidence for that? You’re not worthless; you just need to meet new people who appreciate you. You need to enter into a mode where you want to impact the world in a positive light; i.e. live for someone other than yourself.
Unfortunately, some people use drugs to try and escape their lives, which in the long run, doesn’t help their physical state of their situation. An addictive personality is a colloquial term based on the belief that certain people are predisposed to getting easily addicted to the problematic behavior. The common concept is that an individual is influenced by various factors in their life including social, family, and psychological environment. You can be treated to come off of common drug abuses at centers like CanadianCentreForAddictions.org. Such places give mental support to individuals, so they don’t need to resort to escapism through harmful substances. Counselors can help you put your self-belief back into your mind and help you to cope with negative thoughts that lead you astray. You'll get advice on how to form your own support system, as the time of suffering silently will be over, and you will get people dedicated to seeing you become healthy working with you to improve your personality.
Get outside the norm
There is a chemical change in the brain when met with new challenges, as the level of dopamine,which is associated with pleasure and enjoyment is altered. Do something new to get outside your comfort zone. When you’re depressed your enthusiasm is lackluster, and you can get stuck in a rut. By pushing yourself to do something different, you might meet new people, gain an interest in a new hobby, learn something you didn’t know, and challenge yourself to try something new.
Past Life Regression is explored in this contributed post
There will be many occasions in life that you experience strange issues, from the physical to the emotional, that don’t appear to have any cause whatsoever. And while some therapists might find an underlying reason behind your issues, there could be an alternative causation - a past life, perhaps?
While many medical professional poo-poos the idea of past lives the simple truth is that many specialist practitioners have given people help where they couldn’t find it before, and the strength and power to take on their problems with a full head of steam.
So, if you are struggling to manage your personal issues, or are bemused as to why you are feeling this turmoil, maybe a past life regression could help? Here are a few pointers on how it might help, and what to expect.
Your first step in the process is to thoroughly research hypnotists in your area and find a reputable therapist who has plenty of experience in performing past life regressions. According to Past Life Regression QHHT, there are also specialist therapists to choose from, who run quantum healing hypnosis technique sessions. Most regression practitioners will work with you to ensure you are happy and comfortable throughout the sessions and put a big focus on what you want to achieve and find out more about your issues.
Past life regression involves accessing your sixth sense. So part of the process in the initial stages will be all about stimulating your senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell, which then helps you prime your imagination and increase your inner intuition.
Once the practitioner starts to put you under hypnosis, you will feel very relaxed and have an opportunity to open your mind to things you might not have experienced before. It’s at this point of the regression process that you will start to experience thoughts and feelings appear in your mind, and the therapist will encourage you to dive a little deeper, bit by bit.
People who have enjoyed successful past life regression sessions experience quite a broad range of different things, but there are some common threads. Many clients report feeling like they are traveling through time, and some might say they are experiencing all of their past lives instantly. It’s at this point where the skill of the therapist will be able to help you focus on each past life, and free up and release your memories so that they are clearer and make more sense than before.
Many people have benefitted from past life regression, and have found that it can explain some of the ‘unknowns’ about their lives. Ultimately, it could lead to individuals making positive changes to their life, and become happier human beings as a result. While no one can say for sure if past life regression is a real thing or not, as a form of therapy many have experienced positive results. It’s a fun process, too, and whether you believe in the theory or not, most people would love to get to have an idea of who their former selves might have been in the past!
Ways to keep kids healthy is the focus in this contributed post
Raising a healthy child is every parent’s priority but it isn’t always as easy as we’d like it to be. We’re constantly fighting an uphill battle against junk food and lack of exercise and sometimes people worry that the aren’t doing right by their children. It isn’t a lost cause and you can still make sure that they grow up to be healthy and strong, you’ll just have to work a bit harder at it. Here are the most important things to remember when you are trying to keep the kids healthy.
Making sure that they eat right is one the main things to worry about. After a busy day at work, it can be tempting to just shove a frozen meal in the oven and let it do all the hard work for you. While this might be easier, those ready meals are going to be packed full of all sorts of junk and they won’t have much nutritional value at all. Cooking proper meals with fresh ingredients might take a bit more time but your children’s health is worth the effort. One way of taking the pressure off a bit and teaching them good eating habits is to get the kids to help you with the cooking; it should inspire them to carry on eating properly in later life.
Your kids should be getting most of the vitamins and minerals that they need from their food if you’re doing it right but sometimes it’s best to top them up with supplements as well. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for children as a deficiency could stunt their growth quite seriously. AlgaeCal plant calcium is a brilliant, naturally sourced supplement that can make sure they grow big and tall. You need to be careful when giving your children supplements because they can gain weight if they have too much nutrition in their diet, you wouldn’t think it but it’s true. Before you start giving them any supplements it’s best to get the advice of your doctor to make sure that it’s safe.
In the past it wasn’t difficult getting kids to exercise, they were always outside playing anyway. These days it’s a different story. Children spend so much time inside on the computer and not much time being active. Everybody should get an average of half an hour exercise every day but the reality is that most of us don’t. Make an effort to get the kids outside for a little while every day and playing with them yourself helps you get a bit of much-needed exercise as well.
When we think about health we focus too much on the physical. Your children's happiness is just as important and if they are unhappy, it could have a knock-on effect on their physical health. Children’s mental health issues are being discussed more often than they used to be which is good but there is still a long way to go. The main thing to remember is to be vigilant and watch out for any changes in their behavior. It is normal for their moods to fluctuate, especially during their teenage years, but any major changes should be a cause for concern.
Helpful ideas to tackle stress are highlighted in this contributed post
For the vast majority of people, it's assumed that, every once in awhile, you're going to come up against something in life that stresses you out. Things will make life difficult, complicated, or unpleasant. You'll have to struggle through frustration and tension in order to get your life feeling the way you want it to. But is this the way that it has to be? Sure, life is not always going to be easy, but does that mean that difficulties in life always have to have the effect of making you feel tense, stressed, and miserable? Well, the simple answer is no! Of course, as with most things, it's a little bit more complicated than that. Letting go of stress in your life isn't something that's always easy, but it is something that can be learned. Here are a few simple pieces of advice that will help you eliminate stress and take back control of your life.
Take the initiative
One of the biggest causes of stress for a lot of people is the sense that they don't really have any control over their own life. They feel as if they're beholden to their job, their bills, their parents, their partner, and anything else that they deal with on a day to day basis. But that's not true. The only person who really gets to decide what direction your life takes is you. Of course, that decision is often not particularly easy and often involves a fair share of compromises. But in the end, the decision is yours. Stop assuming that everyone else is going to tell you what you can or can't do, take the initiative, and push your life in the direction that you want it to go.
Now, this is something that you do have to be a little bit careful about. A nihilistic, "I don't care about anything" attitude towards your life is pretty immature and won't lead to a particularly positive experience. However, not caring about certain things in your life can lead you to feel incredibly free. If you don't care what other people think of you, then you're going to be able to express who you really are much more confidently. If you stop caring about things that you can't change in your life, then you're going to be able to start focussing your attention much more on the things that you can change. Take a look at what matters most to you, and you'll probably find a whole host of things that you simply don't need to care about.
Adjust your priorities
Speaking of what matters most, if you really want to avoid feeling stressed, then you need to start thinking more carefully about what in your life is actually worth feeling stressed over. Where are your priorities? Family? Money? Career? All of these things are valid but knowing which ones are actually important to you is an incredibly important step towards being able to put aside some of the stress that you might be feeling. If you can identify that something isn't really that important to you, then it will become that much harder to feel stressed about. This frees you up to focus on the things that do matter in a much more productive, and less stress-inducing way.
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