Why it’s not enough to just focus on your body when TTC

Your mind plays a part too…

Did you know around three hundred years ago, virtually every system of medicine throughout the world treated the mind and body as a whole?

In fact, during the 17th century, the Western world began to view the mind and body as two distinct entities whereby the body was regarded as a machine, complete with replaceable, independent parts, with no connection whatsoever to the mind.

This perspective definitely reaped considerable benefit as it became the foundation for advances in surgery, trauma care, pharmaceuticals, and other areas of medicine.  However, it also greatly reduced scientific inquiry into the emotional and spiritual life of humans.

In the 20th century, this view began to change. Researchers began to study the mind-body connection and to demonstrate, scientifically, the myriad complex links between body and mind.  Many mind-body therapies, including yoga, meditation techniques, hypnosis, and creative arts therapies, focus on us becoming more conscious of our mental states and using this awareness to guide our thoughts in healthier and less destructive directions.

woman meditating

Why is this important to know? And what is the connection to your fertility?

This…

Neurological pathways connect the parts of the brain which process emotions with the spinal cord, muscles, cardiovascular system, and digestive tract. This is why major life events, stressors, or emotions can trigger physical symptoms, like the butterflies we may feel in our stomachs when we feel nervous.

These inter-related systems establish the mind-body connection which influences the maintenance of health or the development of disease. Emotions like anxiety can trigger increased levels of stress hormones, and this, in turn, may suppress our immune systems and increase the risk of our susceptibility to infections.

What we do to our physical bodies (what we eat, how much we exercise, even how much attention we pay to our posture) can impact our mental state either positively or negatively. Fertility/infertility exists within, and is influenced by, this complex interrelationship between our minds and our bodies.

It’s a fact that your body responds to the ways in which you think, feel, and act. Your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can affect, positively or negatively, your biological functioning. In short, your mind affects how healthy your body is – your fertility.

What if, by failing to treat the mind, you are reducing the effectiveness of fertility treatment outcomes?

Our fertility issues may not just lie in our wombs #foodforthought

This is why I love mindset work when it comes to fertility and our lives, it puts you back in the driving seat, it connects you to the bits of yourself you’ve forgotten, you go from incomplete and broken, to wholeness and healing.

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