Post # 1
I’m currently going through a redundancy consultation exercise at work (they’re getting rid of 1/3 of the people at my level). In all likelihood I won’t have a job in two weeks.
My cycles are normally very regular (28/29 days), however last month (the first ttc) my period was ten days late. I’m guessing I ovulated super late due to the stress, though I didn’t feel that stressed at the time. (My husband was considering a job overseas, so I would have been quitting anyway, however that fell through, so he’s still out of work).
We’re still trying, as savings should be enough for us to live comfortably for the next few months, however I need to find ways to de-stress. Am going to the doctor about the previous unusual cycle next Tue, so I’ll see what they say about that then.
Any suggestions you can give for ways to relax would be much appreciated. I’m currently trying to meditate in front of a candle, but I find it difficult to block out all other thoughts at the moment, and I’m not sleeping great either.
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
@pink_sherbert: I find exercise helps so much. Go for a long walk, take a jog on a treadmill, or go for a hike. I feel SO much better after I work out. I hope everything turns out for you. Remember the one wonky cycle can happen to anyone. You probably just ovulated late. I was a steady 29 days for MONTHS then the one month I took a break from temping and I had a 35 day cycle.
Post # 4
I hear you with the stress! I used to get so stressed I got chest pains. After tons of heart tests, my RN told me I need to do something to control the stress, and working out doesn’t count because it doesn’t really calm you down. She told me to either start meditating, do yoga or go to church. I decided to try yoga, I found a form of yoga called Hatha Yoga, which focuses on deep breathing, stretching, strengthening the core and relaxing. I absolutely love it and 5 years later, I only get chest pain a couple times a year when things are really out of contro. My gym has classes every Sunday, but I also got a DVD off Amazon that is great to do during the week. If money is tight, consider taking a few classes to get used to the postures (my YMCA offers some nice ones for a discount compared to the fancy studios), then getting a DVD or downloading some off youtube.
Also, I would be remiss not to mention diet. Do your best to avoid caffiene (at least for me) and simple sugars, they only mess with your body hormonally. The more stable I keep my blood sugar, the calmer I am and better able I am to deal with stressful situations.
Good luck and keep us posted on how things turn out!
Post # 5
I am/was very high stress and anxious, and I have been taking walks every night along with a good, balanced diet (I’m on my fitness pal). The walks get me out into the fresh air, which makes me tired and it give sme time to reflect on the day when I’m not busy looking at houses. It helps that my Darling Husband comes along with me and we talk.
I have some Aveeno lotion with lavendar, and that seems to help calm me down a little bit before bed. I just put it on my hands and arms. Try not to watch tv or movies in bed or about a half an hour before going to bed (same with reading). I quit doing Netflix in bed, and I have been sleeping a lot better.
Make sure you are drinking lots of water throughout the day as well as taking a multivitamin, and I think you will be ok. If you need any other helpful hints, feel free to pm me. I’ve tried nearly everything 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks for all of your advice. I’m going to make a plan to start putting it into action tomorrow!
I used to find walking really helpful, however it’s still dark in the evenings, so I’m not massively keen to take it up again just yet. I’ll definitely schecule long walks for the weekends though, and try to get Darling Husband to come out maybe one eve per week – it sounds like a great opportunity to talk.
I’ve already quit caffeine, but need to work on my simple sugar (chocolate) addiction.
@KH: I used to do yoga years ago at university. I’ve been thinking of getting into it again, but have yet to get round to looking into classes. I’d love it if you could recommend a dvd.