How not to be Hogwarts Whomping Willow

A patient expressed how nervous she's getting as she ramps up for her IVF cycle.  She's on meds to stimulate her ovaries with egg retrieval scheduled for next week.  Lots of doctors visits in the interim don't help.

Anxiety is common especially for women going through IVF for the first time because they don't know what to expect.

Here are some tips I shared with her to help deal with a short-lived stressful event...

When feeling nervous, stop what you're doing.  Identify the physical sensations that arise.  Increased heart rate, feeling flushed, lightheaded, sweating hands, queasy stomach.  Often, the frenetic sensations are in the upper body.  To anchor that rising energy, do a quick standing meditation.  

This is how you can calm your Hogwarts Whomping Willow...

While standing, rock back and forth gently on the soles of your feet and breathe deeply.  It's even better if you can be barefoot on grass, soil, or sand.  Bring that energy down into your feet and through the ground.  Picture yourself as a big, solid oak tree sending that energy out like deep roots.  Do this for as long as you need to calm down.  

Once the anxiety has passed, identify the situation that brought up the emotion.  Often, idleness allows us to dwell on our worries.  As a quick fix, keeping busy can distract you.  Go for a walk, call a friend, journal.  This works fine when you're in an acute state of distress that's short lived and need to a way to avoid the emotions from escalating.

This technique doesn't work so well for chronic stress as you'll have to delve deeper into the emotional triggers.  That's another email...

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Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
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