Hey everyone. I hope you all had a lovely weekend!
I'm looking for some advice. I currently work full time and I'm also studying to become an accountant. Along side all this my husband and I are trying for a baby soon to be referred for IVF so at the moment I feel like I'm drowning in stress and not coping very well. Aside from yoga is there anything else you can recommend to help me wind down and de-stress. All I want to do is cry at the moment because I don't seem to have any sort of release from the stress 😢😢

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emilia
over 4 years

You might enjoy listening to a podcast? I find it's a nice screen-less way to chill-especially if you're reading most of the day and need a break. Good luck!

autieflipper
over 4 years

Colouring ?

Sara Roberts89
over 4 years

There is a really good app called headspace. It's all about mindfullness and meditation :) I'm also hoping for a baby so i know how hard it can be!! My Mum tried for years then when she stopped trying she had my brother...then me :)

Good luck, stay positive and live day by day! Otherwise you will look back and realise you missed so much thinking about what the future holds (thats what i try to do anyway)!

Sara xx

fluffley
over 4 years

Before I go to sleep I always put a guided meditation on my phone. Andrew Johnson does some good ones (app) or on you tube I've found Jason Stephenson's calm meditation is great. I usually drift off to sleep listening to them xx

katewood
over 4 years

I love running and meditation. My partner and I tried for 6 years to have a baby and then decided to adopt. That was a long stressful process in itself but after two years we finally got our little boy. It's so hard and all you see are families with babies! Just remember that your body has done you proud and will continue to do so. I always say we only get thrown what we can deal with. Not much of a comfort at such an anxious time but talking to a support group might help also. Xx big hugs xx

Jenny Quinn
over 4 years

Thanks for all the suggestions ladies. I might try a calming yoga and a book before bed this evening :) xx

fairycake
over 4 years

Walking can help too as it's less stressful than high impact exercise . If you exercise hard for longer than 30 minutes our bodies can react the same way they do when we're stressed .

Jess Cuerden
over 4 years

Hi Jenny, I understand a little of your struggle as I am also a full time worker and completing my accounting qualification. The only thing thing that worked for me was reading. It felt wrong to be reading a good book when I felt I should have my head in my study books but an hour a night before bed to just lose my thoughts completely in reading really helps. I slept better too!

fairycake
over 4 years

I run to help relieve stress - I'm quite slow but find concentrating on breathing and listening to music along the way helps me to forget other things - even if it's only for half an hour .

tessah
over 4 years

Hi Jenny, I have anxiety too, have you tried camomile tea in the evenings? I find that helps when I get wound up and stressed at night. I sometimes use some of the quick fixes from the book miracles now, like listening to your pulse in your wrist and breathing slowly I know it sounds crazy, but it works! the book is by Gabrielle bernstein, she mentions God a bit which may not be your bag, buy there are some good strategies xxx

morglow
over 4 years

hi lovely. sorry you are feeling so stressed. But you really do have a lot on. it's enough to stress anyone out! Well done for handling everything so well. I like colouring books. I also like reading books too about stress and anxiety and trying to understand. I'm currently doing CBT at the moment which is cognitive behavioural therapy and its honestly the best thing I have ever done!! So if you can try and get your name down for that on the NHS or even if you can afford to go privately I think it works out at about thirty pounds a session. But it really is life changing xx

DariaN
over 4 years

Managing stress is different for everyone, you should try a bit of everything until you find what works for you: coloring books, exercise, meditation, keeping a stress journal, going for long walks, reading, tea blending or baking, etc. there's no one size that fits all. Above all, just remember that we all have bad and good moments in life. Just take a deep breath and say to yourself "This too will pass." Better things are right ahead!

Good luck with everything!

Jenny Quinn
over 4 years

Hi Lauren,
I've tried running yes but it doesn't seem to help :( however that was a while a go so maybe I'll give it a try X

laurenrmajor
over 4 years

Have you tried running? I have severe anxiety to the point it can make me physically sick. I can't run long at all but I am doing an app call C25k and it's the only way I can stop worrying and stressing ect. Hope this helps ! And good luck with everything xx