Fertility and Stress

According to this Harvard research study, levels of stress, depression, and anxiety experienced by individuals facing infertility are comparable to those found in people diagnosed with life-threatening illness such as cancer, HIV and heart disease. The stress itself constitutes a serious health concern, especially since one in six couples will have difficulty conceiving.

Research also shows that Mindfulness-Based Programs for Infertility are an effective psychological intervention for those experiencing infertility, increasing resiliency and decreasing psychological distress.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
— Viktor Frankl 

What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity. It is a practice that cultivates our ability to notice our own habitual perceptions and reactions. This helps us relate differently to life experiences and impacts how we show up for the challenges and joys of life.

Mindfulness practice is a shift from autopilot into intentional, present awareness. It is not so much about making stress go away; it’s about changing our relationship to stress. It opens us to the possibility for change, breaking habitual patterns and living from a place of response rather than reaction.

Mindfulness actually re-wires the brain and strengthens the neural pathways for resilience. It dampens activity in the amygdala and increases its connection to the prefrontal cortex. This helps us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover more effectively and sustainably from stress.

Mindfulness is beneficial only when experienced through practice. Simply knowing about mindfulness does not count as practice, just as reading about weightlifting doesn’t build muscle; we need to actually lift weights to enjoy the benefits. Just like with exercise, mindfulness needs to be practiced, and the more we do it, the greater the benefit.

Location

Online and from the comfort of your own home

Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program using Zoom.

You will need:

  • a high-speed internet connection
  • a video cam (built-in or external)
  • an audio microphone (built-in or external)