You’ve probably been told that stress can be a hindrance to both getting and staying pregnant…. And we all know that getting pregnant can be stressful! This can become a catch 22 situation in which your mind is telling you not to get stressed but you can’t control those thoughts…… all the what if’s and why nots…….
How does stress effect your body?
The best way to understand stress is in terms of fight or flight. As mammals our brains are designed to ensure survival. The two stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline are secreted in response to perceived danger. This can be a life-threatening situation for example being held at knife-point. A person has three responses – run away, fight the attacker or freeze. Adrenaline triggers the heart rate to speed up in order to pump blood out to the muscles of the arms and legs to either fight the attacker or run away as fast as possible. For this to happen blood flow is diverted from the organs in the body. Digesting your dinner or even getting pregnant falls to the bottom of the priority heap in this situation. Similarly cortisol is produced to enable quick release of sugar to provide energy.
This physical stress reaction is important to sustain life. However, the brain cannot differentiate between danger to life and simply threat to not getting what you want and feelings of disappointment or anxiety. It responds in the same way, releasing the same hormones. This can have a detrimental effect on long term health as well as fertility.
How can Mindfulness help with stress?
Mindfulness helps us to see our situation clearly from a different perspective. We tend to catastrophise when life isn’t going as planned – we get caught up in the what could go wrongs? Adding to the stress. Mindfulness enables a clearer, more compassionate and non-judgemental viewpoint. Subsequently helping us to break the habit of being a slave to our worries and thoughts in the midst of difficulty.. This shift has been scientifically linked with stress hormone responses.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program
The mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is the “real McCoy” of mindfulness training. Unlike many shorter courses, MBSR has 35 years of research behind it and is recognised as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field. It incorporates formal meditation, yoga and strategies to reduce stress, pain and create a more peaceful life. The 8 week program is taught individually or to small groups of between 6-10 people.
In the first four weeks you will learn how to practice the mindfulness techniques and the last four weeks how to apply them in your daily experience. The sessions last two and a half hours (first and last are 3 hours). There is an all day retreat between weeks 6 and 7. Price includes a course manual and . This course is currently being taught online.
The MBSR program can be arranged privately for individuals, couples and smaller groups. Price on enquiry.
Martine is offering tailor-made courses and sessions for individuals and couples. Learn how to practice mindfulness in the comfort of your own home, online. Discover how you might use these tools beneficially to enhance well-being and peace of mind. Meet Martine for a free initial chat to discuss your needs and see whether this is the right time for you to be embarking on a program. She will then plan a suitable program for you.
For all enquires please contact Martine Nates
Mobile: 0777 375 8868