We’ve come a long way since ignorantly pointing to a monk meditating under a tree and wondering what on earth he was doing. Neuroscientists, Harvard professors and doctors have researched and written books highlighting the benefits of relaxation methods, like meditation, and how our surrounds affect our stress levels and therefore our healing processes.
Esther M. Sternberg M.D. wrote an amazing book called Healing Spaces where she describes in one study how those in a hospital, looking upon nature, healed faster than those who didn’t have a view. If we embrace new information that is now available to us we just may achieve the results we’re looking for.
Society as a whole, is now generally better educated to recognise that complimentary techniques, like meditation, can acutely reduce stress levels – not just in the mind but also the body – making us more able to cope with life.
But why is it so important to reduce stress in order to conceive?
Did you know that stress is at the root of almost a third of infertility and conception issues? It can interrupt implantation by causing fallopian tubes to spasm and can alter the way eggs mature and release.
There are safe and easy ways to help reduce stress, with many clinics now offering or pointing to places where you can learn how to meditate, or undertake a series of other health alternatives like Sophrology, Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Bowen Technique and Homeopathic remedies to name a few.
At the basis of all of these therapies is the idea that if we look after our minds, bodies and souls to achieve maximum health, chances dramatically increase when trying to fall pregnant.
We must remember that all bodies are different and there is no cure-all for conceiving. If the worse-case scenario happened where the body couldn’t fall pregnant, the stress reducers mentioned here could certainly help carry us through heart-breaking, challenging times, more gently, than without them.
So what does meditation do and do you have to be a hippy to participate?
No, you don’t need to be a New Age hippie or even believe in a Higher Power – though there are meditations which do involve those particular beliefs, so choose one which suits you best.
One technique of relaxation meditation involves closing your eyes while resting comfortably in a safe warm environment, listening to soft music, and picturing yourself in a “special place” where you feel safe and happy.
Imagine you’re in either a place you know like a favourite beach, or tropical paradise, or an imaginary place where you’re floating in a boat on a lake – whatever works for you. I imagine swinging in a hammock under a palm tree. Breathe deeply for a few minutes. Feel the body letting go of all the tension and challenges you’ve had, sinking away into the grass or water below. Imagine a ray of sunshine filling your body up with healing, peace and love. Do this for at least five minutes if you can. The key is to focus on how the body feels and imagining it reaching a place of wellness. Increase the time sat in meditation a little more each day.
Stress reduces the moment we set the intention in our mind for the self to be well. Leave no stone unturned on your quest for mental and physical health for there are alternatives which just may be what you’re looking for to help you become pregnant. Open-mindedness and willingness is the key.
Rebecca Booker writes for Koster Clinic, she graduated with a Master Degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and writes for several publications in Australia and abroad. Rebecca also writes about health and well-being including women’s health and parenting in the hope that she helps others like her better understand the world around her.
Disclaimer: The above is general advice only and not intended as medical advice. You should not delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information in this article.