I will start this post by asking you to watch this video by Dr Sklar, The Fertility Expert as I want you to get an expert perspective about stress and how it affects fertility.
I believe that we can beat stress by increasing our ‘happy hormones’. But can we really influence our happy hormones?
The answer is a resounding yes!
I like to give an analogy which I always hear from Brendon Burchard – the power plant doesn’t ‘have’ power, it generates it. This is good news for us as it just proves that we have so much control in our hands to influence how we ‘generate’ happiness throughout our day!
Now, I won’t be talking about positive thinking, mindfulness, and gratitude (I’ll leave this to the ‘gurus’ on motivation and mindfulness). If you watched Dr Sklar’s video above, this is where he focused too. Of course your intention for the day will greatly determine whether you’ll feel good or not so I am not undermining the importance of the spiritual and mental aspect of it. This is foundational but what I want to write about now are simple, conscious steps that we could do to increase our happy hormones.
I don’t want you ‘stressing’ about doing all these – as it of course defeats the purpose of being happy 🙂 I would suggest though that you treat these as hacks and consciously incorporate these practices into your daily practice…
Here are the top ways I consider to be very helpful when it comes to feeling good and managing stress over-all:
I know a lot of people find meditation challenging – if there’s one person who can relate to this, that would be me as my mind is going like a hundred miles per hour (:P) and focusing on breathing for a few minutes poses a real challenge. If this is the case for you too – we actually need meditation the most to help us get grounded daily. It also keeps us calm and less anxious throughout the day.
What I’m especially loving now is the fertility meditation included in Dr Sklar’s book “The Secret to Conception”. I did a google search and saw that he provides this for free here. I found out about this when I joined his program “My Fertility School” (which I’ll share very soon on this blog too).
Most of us work in front of computers, add to this the frequent use of our mobile phones – this is a sure recipe for back aches and pains. Movement whether it’s dancing, stretching, or workouts can definitely affect our happy hormones – the brain releases dopamine and serotonin.
Aside from dancing which everyone loves doing (especially when no one’s watching :P), I love doing basic stretches and of course pilates!
Something as simple as Get Bendy from Elle is ideal especially for those who haven’t been exercising heavily.
I have always shared that I’m a pilates fan. This video is what I do (I haven’t advanced to intermediate lol) and I think when you try this you’ll agree that it’s something effective and requires less physical commitment.
Lastly, I want to share this new exercise routine which I believe is only a matter of time before it becomes mainstream in the fitness industry (yes I do research a lot! 😉 ) – it’s Foundation Training by Dr Eric Goodman.
With a few simple movements that we call Foundation Training you can get on the path to heal your pain, and it starts with our signature move, The Founder.
3. GET OUT IN THE SUN
It’s not fully understood how vitamin D works to alleviate depression, but a prevailing theory is that it boosts levels of brain chemicals called monoamines.
This group of neurotransmitters includes serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine — all feel-good brain chemicals necessary for a positive mood. (source: The Link Between Vitamin D and Depression)
4. BE AROUND KIDS – MAINTAIN YOUR SENSE OF WONDER
Maintaining a childlike sense of awe and curiosity is part of the fun and intense mystery of being alive. – Arianna Huffington
5. INCLUDE FERMENTED FOOD AND DRINKS IN YOUR DIET
To put it all in perspective, 90 percent of a neurochemical like serotonin that regulates mood is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. Microbes in the gut are “interactive,” meaning that they affect multiple systems in the body at the same time.
The good bacteria in fermented foods produce neurochemicals that can dramatically benefit our health and even affect our mood by making us happier. (source: Why Fermented Foods May Be the Next Big Antidepressant)
6. EXPLORE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
Since I love research, I stumbled upon the many healing properties and benefits of essential oils. I have just started ‘learning’ so keep your eyes peeled as I uncover more about this topic (which I am starting to really love!).
The moment I tried diffusing lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree oil, I felt its effects on my mood instantly. I haven’t even tried applying the oils topically as there are precautions and one has to really do lots of research – but I am excited to try it soon and to share my experience with our loved ones (and on this blog). There are various health issues that affect several of our family members now, and I can’t wait to see how powerful essential oils are!
Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with DoTerra, I bought it because it’s the brand that most people trust and it’s easily accessible here in Australia.
7. TRULY REST AND RENEW
Finally since it’s a Friday, we all deserve that much-needed rest and renewal! By the way, thank you for reading all the way to the bottom of this page 🙂
Now, this is the best happy hormone tip!
I won’t even ask you to leave a comment (unless you really wanted to 😉 )…. Cheers to a happy restful weekend!!
Let us not stop moving forward,