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Intersection of medical science and psychology, research and clinical practice insights for daily life.

    Fertility anxiety

    Fertility anxiety

    Living with the stress of not being able to convince is a huge problem. It affects both partners and can impact the individual, the couple’s relationship, and cause mental and physical problems. The more we focus on individual, as well as couple health care, the more preventative measures can be put in place. Think carefully if you’d like to reach out to a specialist to get support. Whom that could be? A personal or couple’s therapist or both? 
    Reach out early to have someone by your side to follow your journey and whom you’ll feel familiar with in some of your likely most vulnerable moments in life.
    Acknowledge yours and your parent’s feelings, the IVF life’s a rollercoaster. Nothing is more challenging in life, than an unpredictable, stressful period with no clear ending, no matter how desired one of them is. It’s also random, how hard you even try. The randomness and unpredictability, the mind game that causes you to pay attention to only that one outcome, to hold a healthy baby in your arms. Something you may think so many achieved parenthood effortless and at times even unwanted. That can trigger even more emotions and feelings of why me?
     
     
    How to cope?
    Try to maintain a healthy daily routine of both physical and social activities. Routines rock, especially when so much uncertainty is all around you. 
     
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    @optimalperformancezurich
    @unesurcent

    • 5 min
    Social norms Fertility choices in urban Chinese women part two

    Social norms Fertility choices in urban Chinese women part two

    Today’s episode is live from Shanghai during an Asian research trip in reproductive health. The current global research project focusses on the declining birth rate in China. A global trend that China is following with declining birthrates and women’s alternative choices of family planning. Despite initiating a three-child policy and governmental incentives, including monetary benefits of having multiple children, the birthrate in 2022 has dropped in China to a record low of 1.2 children. Even if financial reasons have been discussed widely, it’s the social norms, as well as the individuals in reproductive age themselves, who grew up without siblings, surrounded only by other only children. A further topic is the lack of access to professional information and education surrounding childbirth and the perinatal period, leading to child-birth and parenthood related anxiety.
    The research project investigates urban Chinese women’s own reproductive choices and their causes. Dive in and stay tuned for more.
     
    @drschwank
    @unesurcent

    • 5 min
    Fertility choices in urban Chinese women

    Fertility choices in urban Chinese women

    Today’s episode is live from Hong Kong during an Asian research trip in reproductive health. The latest project focusses on the declining birth rate in China, despite initiating a three-child policy and governmental incentives, including monetary benefits of having multiple children.
    The research project investigates urban Chinese women’s own reproductive choices and their cause. Dive in and stay tuned for more.
     
    @drschwank
    @unesurcent
     

    • 4 min
    Intention Setting: New years resolutions yes or no?

    Intention Setting: New years resolutions yes or no?

    Different scholars and news outlets conclude differently on the matter.
     
    The pro team suggests that New Years resolutions foster:
    #1 – Intention
    #2 – Hope and Engagement
    #3 – Responsibility
     
    According to Forbes, YES: “Strive to be in the minority of people who keep their New Year’s resolutions. But know even if you don’t keep every one, the act of making them and striving toward them will have positive effects for you and for others.”
    Much of our success depends on the habits we form in order to push ourselves forward. 
     
    Follow these 8 recommendations for creating New Year’s Resolutions you'll keep:
    1. Make resolutions for areas of your life that you can be passionate or excited about. Develop resolutions that are based on your values.  
     
    2. Create a positive resolution statement.  For example rather that I want to lose 10kg, reframe it as I’m going to eat healthier and exercise regularly.
     
    3. Make your goals as specific as possible.  Some suggest making SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, reasonable and timely) goals.  
     
    4. Don’t just state a goal, create a strategy or system to achieve your goal.  For example, if your goal is to eliminate financial debt.  Your strategy might include monitoring your spending, creating a budget, making your lunch, having a spending free day each week, paying an extra amount of money each month on your credit card etc.
     
    5. Focus on the process of moving forward rather than the outcome.
     
    6. Take small steps.
     
    7. Avoid blaming or shaming yourself.  View mistakes, failures and setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth.
     
    8. Remember, progress not perfection. Keep trying.
     
    “Atomic habits” by James Clear, a more condensed way of how to maintain habits. 
     
    His 4 rules of atomic habits:
     
    The 1st law (Cue): Make it obvious.
     
    The 2nd law (Craving): Make it attractive.
     
    The 3rd law (Response): Make it easy.
     
    The 4th law (Reward): Make it satisfying.
     
    The contra team lead by Karen Vanscoy shares the opinion that New Years resolutions increase stress and have a negative impact on our well-being.
     
    "Many if not most of us will fail to follow through with our New Year commitments within the first couple of weeks. We all see and know that from the gym and their statistics.
     
    The con team suggests, that people believe that if they achieve their resolutions they’d be happy.  As such, people have a tendency toward focusing on the end result (not very mindful), as opposed to appreciating the process (mindfulness in the moment) as a result. This is why they create and can’t undue stress.  A lot of pressure unnecessary pressure." 
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    Resources
     
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tracybrower/2021/12/31/4-reasons-to-make-new-years-resolutions-even-if-you-dont-keep-them/?sh=152a935066a1
     
    https://hbr.org/2021/12/should-you-even-bother-with-new-years-resolutions-this-year
     
    https://www.mymentalhealthsolutions.ca/blog

    • 6 min
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year

    It’s the most magical time of the year. A time for family and friends, me-time often becomes a spares good. The more we anticipate and plan carefully the better. 
    Book in treatments, an exercise session or even better the more the merrier! Traveling and spending extended time with family can be intense for everyone. Even if you get along very well. 
     
    @drschwank
    @optimalperformancezurich 

    • 1 min
    Holiday blues

    Holiday blues

    Holiday ‘blues’. Stress, loneliness, grief, loss, conflict, and unrealistic expectations during the “most beautiful time of the year“.
    What helps to alleviate the symptoms?
    1. Create islands of me time. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself.
    2. Let go of expectations. Take a moment to feel and express gratitude. 
    3. Care for others. Volunteer. Serve a holiday meal. 
    4. Go on a walk in nature. Watch a holiday movie or go to a restaurant.
    5. Seek help. Reach out for support.
    6. Set boundaries, say no.
    7. Stick and remind yourself of healthy habits.  Pay attention to nutrition, exercise and sleep to boost your resilience.
    8. Practice loving people that irritate you. 
    @drschwank
    @optimalperformancezurich
    References 
    https://www.mymentalhealthsolutions.ca/blog/title/holiday-blues/id/69/

    • 4 min

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