April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 51: What is Meditation and How Exactly Do You Meditate?
CNY has been focusing on relaxation and meditation, but Dr. Kiltz and his team are not the only medical professionals who understand the incredible benefits of mind-body medicine! I remember when I was dealing with severe anxiety years ago and a psychologist suggested I meditate, which I regularly did – for about two months. I felt more at ease and was less likely to react to the minor annoyances of life. Once I felt better though, I stopped meditating. Fast forward to 2007 when I was diagnosed with MS and my anxiety was nearly debilitating, I was told I needed to meditate, which I again did for about two months. For a second time, I felt the benefits, but after I was feeling more in control of my anxiety, I stopped. The same thing happened in 2008 when I was having an MS flare – I meditated for a while and then stopped once I was feeling more like myself. Do you see a pattern?
What exactly is meditation though? To me, it is simply 12 or more minutes out of my day when I sit with my eyes closed, focus on my breathing and repeat one to two mantras to myself. I simply repeat what I feel I need to remind myself of for the day. If you are going through an assisted cycle, you may want to repeat “I am healthy and fertile” or “We will make awesome parents” or whatever you feel you need to keep remembering. Visualize yourself as parents, too.
Dr. Herbert Benson, author of The Relaxation Response, notes how meditation reduces stress, increases health, and even lowers blood pressure. He has studied the positive benefits of mind-body medicine and actually proves the benefits of such an approach to overall health and well-being in his book, which I highly recommend.
I also suggest you check out Dr. Rob’s daily Intention of the Day videos which focus on meditating and relaxing. If you have not tried a Yoga or Qi Gong class yet, you may want to do that as well. My theory is that if we all focused just a bit more on relaxing then we might feel more uplifted, at ease and confident in our body’s ability to do what we need it to do (be healthy and create new life). Why not give meditation a try? You may be surprised by the benefits.
Relaxing and Meditation,
April all Year
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