Wine is out of the question. And you might not feel like getting it on.
How to relieve stress when trying to conceive might seem like a daunting task. But with a little creativity and motivation to step out of your comfort zone, you've got this.
Trying to make a baby is hard work. That work can entail scheduling sex around your fertile days, getting the right lubrication on tap, or rushing off to the doctor's office to get hormonal injections and making sure your donor sperm arrives on time. See what I mean? Stress central.
However, you can destress by trying new activities, and pushing yourself to be creative in a way that has nothing to do with fallopian tubes. Licensed Clinical Social Worker told
Psychology Today that if you step out of your comfort zone, you can relieve stress and grow as a human. (Which will take your mind off the fact that you're trying to grow a human.) You also want to do things to relax your body, because as you know, stress can harm your physical self, because as Health noted, your body stores levels of cortisol on a cellular level. Not only is this not a fun state in which to live, it's not an ideal environment to grow that human you want so badly. But don't worry, the following are ways to relieve stress and help you see the big picture when you're trying to conceive. 1 Play With Puppies The Today Show's website reported that playing with animals relieves stress. Why not visit your local shelter and volunteer to walk some puppies? You might have trouble not taking one home. 5 Take An Improv Class
Just like a collage, an improv class gets you out of your head. Improv requires you to be totally present and in the moment, not worrying about your fertility. According to WebMD, this falls under a form of
mindfulness, which relieves stress. 6 Garden
health benefits to gardening, according to CNN. Not to mention putting your hands in soil and caring for something external is an ideal stress reliever, especially when you're trying to conceive. 7 Mastrubate Masturbation relieves stress, according to Everyday Health. It's also a partner-free activity to enjoy your sexuality without having to worry about conception. 8 Try Craniosacral Massage
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association noted that there are some links between craniosacral massage and fertility . This type of massage increases circulation of the fluid around your brain and spine (AKA the places where a lot of people hold stress) to improve operation of the central nervous system. 9 Eat Crunchy Foods
Did you know
eating crunchy foods can relieve stress? According to Prevention, it's not only the nutrients found in these healthy foods that banish anxiety, but the activity of biting down and "crunching." 10 Take A Writing Class
Feeling like your thoughts about baby-making have nowhere to go? Put them on the page and summon your inner Woolf.
11 Work With Clay
Looking for relief of outside worries? Health Fitness Revolution discussed the
therapeutic benefits of working with clay. Not only are you making beautiful pottery, but you are completely focussed on the movements of sculpture, which takes your mind off baby-making. 12 Try Acupressure Massage 14 Visit A House Of Worship
I'm not telling you to pray for a baby, but I am suggesting you visit a house of worship. Without sounding saccharine, inside the vast and ancient walls of a cathedral, my personal problems are dwarfed within a larger universe. Hey, it works for me.
Although binge watching Netflix and chilling is certainly relaxing, so is reading. And at least a book can transport you to another world while steering you away from the temptations of those pregnancy message boards.
17 Scream Into A Pillow
Huffington Post and the ladies from The BreakWomb put together a funny video about how
screaming into a pillow is a cure-all for stress related to, well, being a mom. 18 Take A Photography Class
Remember when photography was more about composition and less about Snapchat? Tap into the fundamentals of taking a good photograph by signing up for an old-school photo class. Getting out and seeing the world through your new lens will relieve you of baby-making stresses.
20 Work On Your Resume
The website Careerealism, which specializes in resume crafting and presentation suggested that the
best time to work on your resume is not when you're job-hunting, but rather before. Plus, reviewing your accomplishments will help you see yourself as an integrated person, not just a baby-farmer. 21 Just Dance
The American Dance Therapy Association touts the psychotherapeutic use of
movement to make you feel better. So, why not take a dance class and get out of your comfort zone? Or just dance at home and reap the benefits of mind-body awareness. 22 Volunteer Harvard Health Watch journal noted that altruism or volunteering is linked to stress relief. It's important to see outside yourself and remember the world is larger than you and your family planning. Besides, don't you want to make the cosmos better for your little one in the long run? 24 Make A Scrapbook
Psychologist Nina Savelle-Rocklin told Huffington Post that
scrapbooking helps relieve stress by helping you focus on a physical activity. Meaning this activity can divert attention away from trying to conceive. 25 Go To A Museum
Want to get out of the apartment and see some art? Who doesn't. Maybe that's why the United States Library of Medicine recommended
art as a therapeutic way to deal with stress. Whether you're in a big city or small town, there's always art to be seen. 27 Listen To Classical Music 28 Learn To Cook
You might be trying to bake a bun in your oven, but perhaps you shouldn't be so figurative. Instead, actually try making some bread.
The Wall Street Journal reported that cooking is linked to improved mental health. 29 Take A Guitar Class
Another way to push yourself out of your comfort zone is to
finally take a class doing something you've always wanted to do. Learning a new skill, like playing the guitar can keep your mind off trying to conceive. 30 Try Aromatherapy
Therapist and social worker La Shawn M. Paul told Huffington Post that
aromatherapy can trigger happy emotions. Paul noted that scents associated with nature (like flowers or essential oils made from floral notes) remind you of the large natural world around you. 31 Declutter Your Space
In another article, Huffington Post reported that
decluttering your physical space can help reduce the clutter in your mind. Baby-making might never be stress-free, but neither is life. So, roll with it. What Parents Are Talking About — Delivered Straight To Your Inbox