7 tips to help stressed-out career women relax and boost fertility
We’re fast approaching the end of 2018, and you’ve put in another long, gruelling year of hard work at your office. Feeling burned out, and worrying that this might affect your chances of getting pregnant? In this article, we share 7 tips to help stressed-out career women relax and boost fertility!
#1: Meditate (in a way that suits you best)
Much has been said about the benefits of meditation – and we know that just two quick bouts of silent meditation per day can go a long way in relieving stress. In our experience, though, plenty of folks aren’t able to make meditation work for them… simply because they can’t get out of their own head.
Remember: there’s no perfect way to meditate, and it’s 100% natural to have your thoughts drift while you’re meditating. If you don’t have enough time to meditate at home, you can do it while you’re on your daily commute. If you can’t keep yourself focused when you meditate, try counting slowly under your breath. Do whatever works for you!
#2: Eat some dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is known to regulate levels of cortisol (the stress hormone); it also helps us stabilize our metabolism. Plus, good news for those who are watching their weight – you don’t have to scarf down an entire chocolate bar to get these benefits; consuming just a single square of dark chocolate will be sufficient.
#3: Add honey to your coffee or tea
If you’ve been using sugar or other sweeteners with your coffee or tea, it’s time to swap it out with honey. If you ask us, honey deserves a spot on the list of superfoods – it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant, and it also contains compounds that help to reduce inflammation in the brain. All in all, consuming more honey is a great way of combating stress and anxiety.
#4: Use the power of scent
How does aromatherapy work? Well, when you inhale essential oils, you’re essentially stimulating the smell receptors in your nose, and this activates the part of your brain that regulates emotions. Commonly used oils include lavender, ylang ylang, bergamot, and chamomile.
#5: Do some yoga
This one’s pretty straightforward – exercising helps you regulate your mood, and cope with stress more effectively. Pretty much any type of physical activity will do the trick, but we’re recommending yoga because this also has the side effect of helping women boost their fertility.
#6: Watch a silly video
Can humour help you decrease stress, and improve your quality of life? According to plenty of studies, the answer is a resounding yes.
Here’s the science behind it: when you laugh, you increase the blood flow throughout your body, and boost your immunity in the process. You now have a legitimate reason to scroll through your Facebook feed, and watch those hilarious dog videos!
#7: Listen to music
Listening to music can also calm and relax you; we find that this is particularly effective when you do it right before bedtime. 30 minutes before you’re due to sleep, shut off all your electronics, climb into bed, and start listening to some relaxing music. By doing this, you’re exposing yourself to less blue light (which suppresses the secretion of melatonin), and easing yourself into a deep sleep.