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by | Apr 12, 2016 | Mindfulness | 0 comments

The autonomic nervous system mediates the two main modes we exist in: survive or thrive.
 
In general, the survive mode is mediated by the sympathetic branch of the ANS, and the thrive mode is mediated by the parasympathetic branch.
 
When our perception – usually unconscious – is that there is a threat or that one of our basic needs is not being met, the sympathetic nervous system is activated.
 
In these moments, our nervous system is telling us “I need help adjusting!”
 
By focusing on being mindful and breathing while trying to conceive, as opposed to blaming ourselves or going into overdrive, we become better at regulating our autonomic nervous system.
 
A healthy autonomic nervous system is a fundamental part of a fertile mind-body.
 
When we are mindful of the breath, we develop what is called high vagal tone.
 
The vagus is the primary nerve bundle that mediates the parasympathetic effects on the body.
 
When we bring our nervous system to rest, the ventral vagus is activated regularly and becomes stronger, like a muscle.
 
High vagal tone is associated with:
 
   blood sugar regulation which is critical for fertility,
better mood,
stress resilience,
and less anxiety.

Low vagal tone is associated with:

depression,
diabetes,
cognitive impairment,
and much higher rates of inflammatory conditions.

Inflammatory conditions include all autoimmune diseases (endometriosis, autoimmune thyroid conditions and more) – which may affect fertility.

Vagal tone is increased through:

1. Slow, rhythmic, diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing from your diaphragm, rather than from your lungs stimulates and tones the vagus nerve.

2. Meditation which promotes feelings of curiosity and care toward yourself.
This short 5 minute breathing meditation, if practiced regularly, will increase your vagal tone – the implications of which are far reaching for fertility.

My recommendation is to practice for 20 minutes daily or twice daily.

If 20 minutes is too long, try practicing for 5 minutes, more often.

Enjoy!

All my very best, always,

Buffy

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