Mindset

Learn how to manage your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Discover tools and techniques to put into practice. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself, unlock mental blockages and take control of your life.

 
 
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1. your fertility journey

We need to accept that not everything will go to plan in life or be as easy as we thought it would be. There are bound to be some bumps, turns and tunnels in the road ahead of us. This isn’t so we don’t get our hopes up; it’s so we have the readiness and willpower to work through any obstacles that come our way.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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2. how to manage anxiety

When trying to conceive, it's natural to you have feelings of apprehension, fear or worry. Understand why we get anxiety, how to notice it and what you can do to stop it from spiralling out of control.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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3. self-exploration

Trying to conceive can take time and use up a lot of your energy. It’s easy to become so focussed on trying to get pregnant that you lose track of all the other things in life that make you feel fulfilled. Learn how to take back control and gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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4. emotional blockages

Emotions can be thought of as energy in motion. They want to be felt and acknowledged so they can move through us. If we suppress our emotions we create a physiological blockage. Learn how to remove blockages so that you can let your emotions and physiology flow.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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5. give eft a go

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is otherwise referred to as tapping, as it involves tapping a sequence of points on the body. The practice combines both acupressure and modern psychology. It can help you feel emotions, acknowledge their presence and process them, so they no-longer cause a physiological response in you. 

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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6. how to meditate

A mental exercise where you practice focussing your attention on one point of reference at a time, to increase awareness of the present moment, quieten the mind and bring you into a calm state. Clarify why you wish to meditate, learn different techniques how to and set yourself a goal.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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7. say affirmations

Affirmations are simple statements that define you as you want to be, such as “I am fertile”. Research has shown the act of repeating affirmations silently or out loud, can change your brain on a cellular level. Over time, you’ll start to build the belief in your mind and feel more in control of your life. Learn how to create your own affirmations.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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8. how to sustain hope

Find out how an experiment with swimming rats can teach you how to sustain hope. Clarify what your purpose is and what long-term vision you are working towards.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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9. how to manage baby jealousy

When you’re trying to conceive, it’s only natural that when you see other parents with babies or you hear a pregnancy announcement, you inevitably feel some degree of jealousy. It’s not just women who feel this, but men too. Follow six simple steps to manage this type of jealousy.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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10. embrace your fears

When trying to conceive, fear is more likely to show up as you become more wrapped up in your own life and work towards something you really want. Learn a simple technique to use when you feel fearful of something.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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11. how to stop self-sabotage

Our inner saboteurs spring from our subconscious mind, rooted in the form of negative beliefs, thoughts and feelings. They protect us from experiencing negative outcomes like failure, disappointment or pain, which we expect to occur. Through the process of self-sabotage, we don’t suffer from the negative outcomes we fear, but nor do we succeed in achieving what it is we want. Learn how to break the cycle of self-sabotage for good. 

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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12. practice visualisation

Visualisation is where you observe yourself as if you were in a movie. Images that flicker through your mind provide you with feelings, which can affect your emotions and physiology. Learn how to use visualisation to help you relax, to tune into what’s happening inside your body during your monthly cycle and should you be undergoing medical treatment, to prepare you for what to expect.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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13. have an attitude of gratitude

Research supports an association between feelings of gratitude and your overall sense of wellbeing. It can help you regain a sense of perspective, especially when your focus is on what you want and don’t have. Learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude. 

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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14. practice mental rehearsal

Mental rehearsal involves seeing through your own eyes. Learn how mental rehearsal can walk you through having a healthy, strong, vibrant body that is able to conceive and carry to term.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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15. Men: Emotional Rollercoaster

Following a 10 year infertility journey, Russell Davis describes how the most probable catalyst to him and his wife conceiving naturally against all odds, was a change in the relationship he had to his emotions.

By Russell Davis, Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist

 
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16. Gay Parenting

Lisa provides an account of her personal experience of becoming a gay mum, whose partner carried. She describes how she "felt useless, detached from the process, and without a place, due to not being acknowledged as a parent" and how she sought help.

By Lisa-Charlwood-Green, Founder and Director of The WOW Network

 
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17. Managing trauma of failed IVF

Experiencing failed IVF is often traumatising, leaving people feeling helpless and hopeless. Understand what trauma is, the signs and symptoms, as well as how you can manage trauma and recover. Find out about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

By Helena Tubridy, Fertility Therapist and Coach

 
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18. Key to feeling loved & connected

Russell shares a communication strategy called the Imago Dialogue, which can help couples feel more connected, united and ultimately more loved.

By Russell Davis, Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist

 
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19. survive the two-week wait

The two-week wait can be an exciting, but also anxious time as you wait to see if you’re pregnant. Learn how to put a survival plan in place to keep you sane during this time. A plan that incorporates a nutrient dense diet, moderate movement, breathing techniques, personal nourishment, rest and distractions.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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20. create your 'period plan'

When you’re trying for a baby, getting your period can be really upsetting: disappointment and heartache that you’re not pregnant; worry and despair about why you’re not conceiving; and the agonising thought that another month’s gone by. Learn how to put a ‘period plan’ in place; a list of all the things that make you feel good.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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21. how to form new healthy habits

According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for approximately 45% of our everyday behaviours. This means a huge proportion of our life is made up of the habits we’ve formed. Discover how you form habits and how you can build new healthy ones.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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22. Mind your fertility

Russell explains how important it is to factor in care of the mind and emotions into fertility treatment. He describes studies that show how mind-body programmes, which help us let go of habitual thinking and re-tune us to our innate well-being, can improve the success of IVF treatments.

By Russell Davis, Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist

 
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23. how to cultivate resilience

When you get knocked down in life, you can’t necessarily bounce back to who you were before, but you can choose how you respond to what happened and move through it. Learn how to build-up, develop and nuture resilience.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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24. Psychosexual Therapy

A look at the most common sexual issues associated with fertility, guidance on what to do if you or your partner suffers from a sexual issue and how psychosexual therapy can help.

By Violeta Jawdokimova, Psychosexual Therapy