presents us with challenge and stress is a natural response. Without
some stress, motivation to act would be very low. But, if stress
is excessive or lasts for a long time, the body begins to suffer.
Rest and deep sleep can be disrupted. And, for those who are hoping
to start a family, excessive stress can negatively effect fertility
and, potentially, the developing fetus.
skills are an important skills for women and men who want a family
to learn and master. Without healthy relaxation tools, patterns
which are detrimental to health, such as over-eating, excessive
alcohol use, and cigarette smoking may seem attractive as short
term ways to 'cope' with the inevitable stress of life.
Managing stress well
does not mean avoiding it altogether. This would be nearly impossible
aware of stress and your body's reaction to it. Awareness and effective
skills, will help you meet life's challenges while becoming
healthier. Odds are you will probably enjoy the good feelings that
also result from these relaxation skills and the time you set aside
to practice them.