Fertility and the mind-body connection is something of a cliche these days. UK cognitive hypnotherapist Russell Davis though is a man with a mission, to help couples who are trying to get pregnant through understanding how mind and body work together. As a father who battled with infertility himself, he understands how the mind can affect the delicate balancing act performed by the hormones responsible for reproduction.
Fertility And The Body-Mind Connection
I have been able to demonstrate this is my own practice when women start charting their daily temperature. Taking measures to deal with stress levels can have a profound effect on the stability of this chart, which tends to reinforce the message.
A good starting point to explore fertility and the body-mind connection for yourself is to put your feet up and watch Russell’s youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVkDswIxLk4
Although it an hour long, I guarantee that if you are trying to get pregnant, you will find this video useful. For guided meditations, I can also recommend the following guided meditation resources:-
Zita West and Russell Davis
Good luck. If you have found this useful please leave a comment.
Radio 4’s Jenni Murray has been using acupuncture for pain relief.
Radio 4’s Jenni Murray and acupuncture
In a recent article Jenni described how her sciatica resumed after a hip operation. ‘A friend, who’d been through sciatica herself, mentioned acupuncture and claimed that over a series of 12 treatments it had cured her completely. I made an appointment. The treatment would comprise massage, cupping and acupuncture and would cost £55 a session’.
‘The massage was deep and painful, hitting the spot every time. The cupping felt strange — small, warm glass cups were pressed into the skin all over the back, left for 20 minutes and removed, making a popping sound’.
Find out more about Jenni got on at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2675493/Jenni-Murray-sciatica-I-fear-having-hip-operation-gave-sciatica.html#ixzz37SccSJNm
Try this brain puzzle to make you think. Don’t try and solve it but listen to your intuition.
A bat and ball cost £1.10. The bat costs one pound more than the bat. How much does the ball cost?
Psychologist and Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman sets this teaser in his bestselling book Thinking Fast and Slow, published by Penguin.
What came to your mind? The answer you probably thought of was 10p. This is of course intuitive, appealing and totally wrong! The correct answer is 5p (if the ball costs 10p then the total cost will be £1.20 – 10p for the ball and £1.10 for the bat). Don’t worry about making a mistake – apparently 80% of university students also got it wrong!
So what does this prove? Kahneman suggest that we place too much faith in our intuition. We find the effort of cognitive thinking hard work and try to avoid it. And interestingly most of us behave in the same inaccurate way when faced with this situation.
Pyschologists often describe these two parts of our thinking as system 1 & system 2. System 1 is our intuitive thinking system (for example, finish the sentence chalk and. ..) which is both quick and efficient but more error prone than we would expect. System 2 comes into play when we direct our conscious attention towards a problem (an example of this would be filling in a tax form). This latter system is more likely to be right but requires precious time and energy and doesn’t multitask particularly well.
So what are the implications of this? An apparently simple puzzle shows us that the mind we take for granted and the decisions we make every day may be more flawed than we expect. It often comes down to a balance between speed and energy consumption, much of which is hard wired into our brains. So how can we be sure we are making the right decisions? My own suggestions from reading Kahneman’s book are:-
- Know your weak spots (for example I always set my targets too low)
- Try more than one approach to check your most important decisions. I find that committing my thoughts to a reflective notebook gives me perspective by slowing down my thinking speed (and engaging system 2).
- Discuss your decision with someone else over a cup of coffee. Ask them to be thorough.
- Ensure that your blood sugar levels are stable when making key decisions.
What will you do different as a result of reading this?