Lifestyle

Explore different tools and techniques to restore balance in body and mind. Learn how to create a healthier and happier life.

 
 
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1. how to sleep better

You need sleep to restore your energy, regulate your hormones and allow your body to repair and rejuvenate. Find out how many hours you should have when trying to conceive, how to get a better night's sleep and tools to use if you're too anxious to sleep.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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2. what Movement to do

Movement helps to improve your circulation, reduce stress and boost your mood. Discover what type of movement supports optimal physiology for pregnancy and how you can incorporate more movement into your day. For men, learn how it's important to wear the right clothing whilst exercising.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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3. Fertility yoga stretches

Fertility yoga is a gentle and restorative practice, which can help relieve tension, support relaxation and promote a calm mind. Practicing certain postures can stimulate the pelvic region and encourage healthy functioning of the sex glands, helping to regulate hormone levels. Your organs are nourished by the increased blood flow and work more efficiently at flushing toxins out of your body.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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4. how to reduce your toxic load

The Environmental Working Group found 287 chemicals in new-born umbilical cord blood – 180 of which cause cancer, 217 of which are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 that can cause birth defects and abnormal development. Learn what you can do to reduce your body's toxic load.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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5. why quit smoking & DRugs

You should think about quitting smoking and stop taking recreational drugs before trying for a baby or undergoing fertility treatment, to optimise your chance of successful conception and delivering a healthy baby to term.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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6. ways to reduce stress

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain, which not only affects your thoughts, feelings and emotions, but also processes in the body. Understand what happens when stress is activated and what you can do to reduce your stress levels.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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7. learn to control your breathing

Breathing may be a basic human function, essential to life, that you do with little-to-no thought and take for granted, but are you actually breathing effectively? Learning how to consciously control your breathing can enable you to experience both physical and mental health benefits, such as alleviate stress and reduce anxiety.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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8. why your weight matters

If you are over or under weight you may find it more difficult to conceive through natural methods or with the aid of medical treatment. Learn how weight may be affecting your fertility and how to calculate your Body Mass Index.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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9. enhance your relationship

Trying to conceive can have a huge impact on your relationship, whether bringing you closer as a couple or further apart. Learn how to make your relationship as happy as possible by using mindfulness techniques.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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10. let's talk about sex

When you first start trying, sex will likely be filled with passion and excitement. However, after a while if you haven’t conceived, sex can become more mechanical as you become tired, impatient and worried that something might be wrong. Knowing the facts around sex can increase your chances of conceiving and prevent you both from tiring out month after month.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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11. how to manage your friendships

Friendships come in many different forms and will continue to evolve as your life does. Is it time for you to look more closely at how you define a friend, who you spend your time with and what type of friend you are?

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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12. simple Self-care practices

Self-care is about nuturing the relationship you have with yourself, making sure that you take care of yourself and giving yourself permission to do so. Explore how you feel about your body and what you can do to meet more of your needs.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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13. how to keep skin blemish free

Acne drugs such as Accutane should not be taken if you’re trying for a baby as it has been linked to birth defects. Find out natural ways to clear your acne.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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14. how to manage your money

Expenses can escalate when trying to conceive, especially if you’re paying for fertility treatment privately. Learn how to manage your finances, whilst looking at your relationship to money and the story you tell yourself when it comes to money.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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15. how to turn off autopilot

We all have an autopilot. Although it's a useful and adaptive skill to have at times, there are drawbacks with relying on it to guide us through life. Learn how to use mindfulness to switch your autopilot off and become fully engaged in the present moment.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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16. why look after your teeth

Teeth are more vulnerable when pregnant because of hormonal changes, so it’s best to make sure they’re in good shape before conceiving.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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17. how to be domestic

Your home environment effects your wellbeing. If you keep your home clean, tidy and free-from clutter, it can help you to create a space where you can truly relax and put your feet up, reducing your stress levels. Learn how to keep your home in shipshape condition, without it being such a drag. 

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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18. how to bring out your inner child

Sometimes we all just need to be a little bit naughty, childish and have some fun, otherwise we can find that our bodies go into self-sabotaging mode as a result of built up feelings of having to always be good. This is especially true when we are working to create the best environment for our baby to grow, it can sometimes feel really restricting.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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19. Progressive muscle relaxation

This involves tensing, releasing and relaxing muscle groups, whilst paying attention to the different sensations brought about. It works by inducing your parasympathetic nervous system; part of your autonomic nervous system that turns off the stress response, helping you to feel more calm and relaxed. Have a go for yourself by following some simple steps.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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20. Complimentary therapies to try

A group of therapeutic disciplines that use methods which sit outside of mainstream healthcare. Whilst conventional medicine tends to treat an illness, using surgical intervention or chemically-derived medication, complimentary therapies treat the individual as a whole entity, looking at their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Find out which ones are recommended for fertility.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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21. Positive ways to deal with challenges

Dominique describes how Sophrology can be used to support individuals in keeping their stress levels down and maintaining emotional balance throughout their fertility journey. If you haven’t heard of Sophrology before, it’s a dynamic relaxation using breathing, simple movement and positive visualisation. It was created by neuropsychiatrist Professor Alfonso Caycedo in 1960 to improve the quality of life of mental health patients. 

By Dominique Antiglio, Sophrologist, Author and BeSophro Founder