1) Safeguard your sleep – Develop a favorite bedtime routine (e.g. a warm drink or bath and a good book or magazine, a few stretches, a to-do list for tomorrow, etc…) and protect your 6 to 8 hours of sleep time from visual or mental distractions.
2) Eat more foods with Vitamin B, C and magnesium – These include eggs, dairy, beans, pork tenderloin, chicken, asparagus, green beans, Romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, apples, oranges, berries, melons, red peppers, dark chocolate, almond butter, pumpkin seeds… You have lots of options. Stock up and eat 2 or 3 heaping servings at every meal.
3) Switch to a lower-intensity exercise – Swap cross-fit for cycling, boot camp for pilates, running for swimming. Higher intensity exercise causes the body to release higher levels of cortisol into the body which can lead to unpredictable fertility. Remember that your perfect exercise routine leaves you invigorated, not exhausted, just like the perfect meal!
4) Consider your relationships – Is there a difficult conversation you need to have? Write down how you’d like that conversation to go, just to get it off your chest.
5) Book a massage or two – A good massage therapist will help you release tension you didn’t even know you were holding! There’s even massage that specializes in releasing abdominal tension related to reproductive woes.
6) Note how sugar, alcohol and caffeine make you feel – Do these anti-nutrients satisfy you – or do they leave you more tired, wired and wanting something else? Let your answer guide your choice to consume them or leave them on the shelf.
7) Eat some fat! Swap your 4 p.m. treat attack for a few tablespoons of almond butter, a half avocado, or some delicious whole milk yogurt. Add high-quality butter or coconut oil to your coffee (it blends into a nice latte!) or drizzle extra olive oil on to your soup or salad.