I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but meditation & mindfulness practices are one of the simplest and most effective methods for reducing stress and activating the parasympathetic nervous system (our state of ‘Rest & Digest’), it is something we truly advocate here at the Dao Health, but did you know it may help to regulate your cycle and promote fertility?
Most of us take a ‘Hustle’ approach to our lives and careers; being inundated with emails, texts & tick-tocks, running to social events, work meetings, our Pilates classes, and nail appointments all in one day. In consequence, our poor sympathetic nervous system can’t tell the difference between the threat of being chased by a sabretooth tiger, or that we are just running late for an important work meeting. Physiologically speaking, we do not function well as a species in a high-stress environment; and speaking to women here; our poor menstrual cycle suffers from it.
High amounts of cortisol and adrenalin are released in response to stress or threat and can result in disturbances to our menstrual cycles, and may cause irregular ovulation and bleeds, anovulation (no ovulation), early luteal phase spotting, increased period pain, and difficulties when trying to conceive. This is your body’s ancient physiological protective mechanisms in action, ensuring you do not fall pregnant at a time when it may not be safe to reproduce…
Introducing a simple 10-20 minute meditation practice daily can significantly reduce your stress levels and keep the central nervous system as calm as possible to promote optimal health, wellbeing, and fertility.
Not only will meditation help to regulate your cycle and support your hormones; but many people also rave about its beneficial effects on mood, outlook, self-discipline, and healthy sleep patterns.
Give it a go, only 10-20 minutes a day is all that is needed. Start with a 5-minute meditation and work your way up to 20 minutes.
Recommendations: We love to use Insight Timer here at The Dao Health
Search: Sarah Blondin (She has meditations ranging from 8 minutes-17minutes)
By Clarice Berry