These six tips for coping with infertility stress are from Danna Demetre’s book for healthy living, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life.
Demetre’s tips are intended to increase energy and vitality – which is exactly what we need when we’re coping with the stress of infertility! The more energy we have, the less likely we’ll be to feel discouraged or depressed about not getting pregnant.
“If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.” ~ Adabella Radici.
Unclench, dear readers. Change Your Habits, Change Your Life: A Proven Plan for Health Living is a valuable 30 day guide to creating a healthier life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Click on the cover for more info, and read on for Demetre’s advice on increasing your energy, which are excellent tips for coping with infertility stress!
6 Tips for Coping With Infertility Stress
1. Catch a few more ZZZ’s. “Sound obvious?” asks Demetre. “But many people who experience low energy don’t get enough sleep.” I have to add that low energy can lead to increased feelings of sadness, despair, and even depression. To cope with infertility stress, get enough deep REM sleep so your body is renewed and refreshed every night.
2. Guzzle pure, fresh water. “The number one nutritional reason for low energy is subclinical dehydration,” writes Demetre in Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. “You can be a ‘quart low’ and never feel thirsty.”
3. Cut back on caffeine. “Caffeine only gives you a short burst of energy,” says Demetre. “It gets your adrenaline pumping and heart rate racing, but once the initial buzz is gone, you’ll end up more tired.” And if you’re tired, you’re not equipped to cope with infertility stress. Demetre recommends switching to decaf coffee.
4. Rev up your engine with activity. This is a great way to cope with infertility stress! “Purposeful aerobic activity like walking, swimming, and biking increases your circulation, stimulates your metabolism, and generates lots of feel-good hormones.”
5. Lose the sugar bowl. “Like caffeine, sugar brings you up, then drops you like a hot potato,” writes Demetre in Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. “If you can limit empty calories and sweets until well after lunch, your cravings will diminish and your energy will stay higher.”
6. Eat for high energy. To cope with infertility stress, eat foods that keep your energy at a level high. “Your energy after lunch will be influenced by the quality of your breakfast, and your energy in the evening by the quality of your lunch,” says Demetre. She recommends eating high-quality, high-protein foods throughout the day to keep your energy high.
“Try one or more of these energizing tips over the next few weeks,” writes Demetre. “You’ll be amazed at how much better you can feel when you energize from the inside out!”
These tips aren’t a magic formula for coping with stress, but they will make you feel physically and emotionally better, which will improve your mood and relationships.
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