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Couples who experience infertility and begin treatment face a host of physical and practical challenges - doctor appointments, procedures, and demanding schedules. They can also experience deep and profound stress and can end up feeling overwhelmed.
Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., works with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Program. Here, she offers thoughts and suggestions to deal with the mental and emotional strain that often accompanies infertility treatment.
Infertility represents a life-crisis and is typically experienced as the most stressful event yet encountered in life. Infertility impacts the most important areas of our lives: our relationships, our careers, our finances, even our sense of self.
Here are some more ways you can effectively reduce the impact of chronic stress on your body. Some of them are familiar – you have heard these tips before. But if you take their role in stress relief seriously, and you may finally be convinced of their overall benefits to your health.
Exercise has many, many health benefits and relieving the body of the effects of chronic stress is one of those benefits. So, what to do?
Increase your basic activity level every day, and reduce the amount of time you sit. You can do this in sneaky ways, like walking more around the office, finding the furthest parking space wherever you go, or standing while watching TV, folding laundry, etc.
After reading all the damage that chronic stress can do to your body, it’s time to discover what you can do to protect your health.
Of course, having a stress-free life would be ideal, but who has that? Even if you can resolve major stressors like a job you dislike or a dysfunctional relationship, there would still be traffic jams, teenagers and world news as sources of tension.
The good news is that most of these “de-stressors” are really fairly easy to do. But just because they are simple doesn’t mean they can’t be profoundly effective in reversing the damage that chronic stress is doing to your body.
Probiotics are live bacteria and eating or drinking them can have a profound beneficial effect on your health. Before you say "ewww," let's look at the science and why the right bacteria is essential for our well-being.
The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is filled with millions of microbes known as microbiota. Your microbiota is specific only to you and was started at birth when you acquired the bacteria from your mother. Over the years it continued to evolve depending upon your gender, geography, health and diet. If you took antibiotics, it probably knocked out your good intestinal microbial environment for at least a month. Some strong antibiotics affect the gut for up to four years.
After all you’ve learned in this series about the harm that chronic stress can do to your body, you’ll want to assess: Am I chronically stressed?? You may be clearly aware that you are, or it’s possible you have learned to cope with your chronic stress so well, it feels like “normal.”
Here are some ways to assess how you’re really doing. Tune into your body and check these experiences, right now, wherever you are:
In addition, your behavior and emotions may be telling you that you are over-stressed. Recognize any of these? Be ruthlessly honest – are you: