The holidays can be crazy stressful when you're trying to conceive! In this video we'll chat about stress and anxiety triggers that come up during the holidays, tips you can use off the yoga mat to relieve your stress and anxiety during the holidays, as well as a short stress-reducing yoga practice and yoga breathing technique you can use anywhere, anytime to deal with these emotional blocks to fertility.
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The holiday season often brings a rollercoaster of emotions when you are TTC. A dramatic marker of time passing as people come together with holiday cheer and celebrate with children. If you are experiencing feelings of loss, grief and longing, then this time of year can feel lonely and a bit isolating as those around you are filled with joy.
Not to mention the anticipated and often dreaded questions and comments from relatives such as “when you are going to hurry up and have a baby” or “just relax and it will happen!” Or on the other hand, if people stop asking about your fertility journey, then it can feel as though they have given up hope or interest in the process.
All of which can leave you feeling vulnerable and isolated during the holiday season.
In addition to the emotional struggles, the holiday food and festivities can be a large digression from your daily fertile lifestyle/diet regime. Whether you have started eating more whole foods, cooking at home, reducing (or eliminating) alcohol or coffee or are needing to take time out from fertility treatments due to travel, can all feel like a complete overhaul to your fertile regime.
It has been debated in the past whether or not stress can negatively impact your chances of getting pregnant. However, recent studies suggest that it can, and with the holidays quickly approaching, you may already be feeling your stress levels rise. This time of year can be stressful for everyone, but when you are trying to get pregnant or thinking about trying to get pregnant in the near future, there may be some added pressures.