Feeling holiday stress? Here’s help for relaxing

The holidays are often a hard time for those coping with infertility. Whether it’s questioning from family and friends about your fertility journey or the internal pressure you put on yourself, this time of year can be stressful. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has some tips to help you relax.

When you elicit the relaxation response, your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rates decrease. You feel more relaxed and less anxious. Individuals who elicit the relaxation response on a regular basis report that they not only feel more relaxed and less anxious during the actual relaxation, but also feel calmer throughout the day.

You can elicit the relaxation response through a wide variety of relaxation techniques:

  • Progressive muscle relaxation involves progressively tightening and then relaxing your muscles, either from head to toe or vice versa.
  • Deep breathing involves breathing slowly from your belly, like sighing deeply.
  • Meditation requires focusing on a word or phrase as you breathe.
  • Imagery can mean a variety of things, ranging from imagining a pleasant safe spot to focusing on your body.

Learn more at the RESOLVE website.

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