What’s the best stress-management practice?

Jan 28, 2021 | Fertility, Infertility, Lifestyle

Like many women who are trying to conceive, your stress level may be sky high. So today I want to help you get your body out of “fight or flight” mode and into “rest and digest” mode, which is crucial to boost fertility.

Here are a couple of suggestions

Deep Breathing. Deep breathing is a great quick reset, can be done almost anywhere, and can help you become present and feel balanced. I recently learned a new technique from one of my mentors: Breathe in to the count of 4, while saying to yourself, “I am”, hold for a count of 4-6 and then exhale to a count of 6, saying to yourself, “at peace.” Repeat it 4-6 times.

Reframe negative thoughts. Positive affirmations might seem quirky or awkward, but science has shown that they help decrease stress, increase resilience and improve your mindset. Rewrite the negative phrases that are nagging you on a post-it and place these new, positive thoughts somewhere you will see them regularly, like on a mirror or on your laptop. You can also record them on your phone or upload them onto app like ThinkUp.

I often get asked what’s the best practice. And honestly the best practice is the one you’re going to do consistently. Commit to a daily practice whether it’s one of the above, meditation or yoga. Even 5 minutes a day can have a positive impact.


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