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  • D.I. Why: Ear Seeds and Anxiety

    By Pulling Down the Moon co-founder Beth Heller

    We’ve said it a thousand times.  The fertility process is a marathon not a sprint and the tools in our DIY Essential Fertility Tool Kit are the “energy goo” that can keep you going strong and possibly even cross the finish line faster.  

    As one of those gals that took seven years and five pregnancies to have two kids, it was the little things that helped me turn the fertility waiting game into a constructive period of time.  Most of the little things that helped the most came from the practices of yoga and other traditional teachings where everyday life is treated as sacred and as an opportunity to make changes that can actually improve your health and fertility.  

    Managing anxiety is probably the one thing that makes the biggest difference in whether someone thrives or suffers on the road to parenthood.  Studies show that anxiety levels in women doing IVF are equal to that of a cancer diagnosis.  And I can 100% relate.  As an already anxious personality, my fertility challenges presented me with a choice.  I could struggle, alone and white-knuckled on the path to parenthood, or I could face anxiety head-on and learn how to manage it better.  (In fact, that’s how Pulling Down the Moon came into being as Co-Founder Tami Quinn and I created a space for women who were struggling like we were to manage the stress, anxiety and frustration of infertility!)

    Our Acupuncture Director Christine Davis is offered a Wellness Wednesday Workshop on Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety which can be viewed by recording  at your convenience with the drop-in registration or join her next Wellness Wednesday Workshop on May 12th at 6pm CST to learn about the benefits of TCM on your journey! One of the tools she shared from her Traditional Chinese Medicine expertise are Ear Seeds, literally small seeds that can be adhered to different acupressure points in the ear.  When massaged gently, the seeds stimulate the point, generating a specific therapeutic effect.  At Pulling Down the Moon we offer seed kits specifically geared to fertility, depression, stress, postpartum care, and anxiety.

    Ear seeds are great whether or not you are seeing an acupuncturist on a regular basis.  If you are in treatment, your practitioner may recommend you wear them between treatments to extend treatment benefits.  If you aren’t currently seeing an acupuncturist, seeds are another great tool to help you manage specific conditions – like anxiety.  

    For me, ear seeds are also another way to practice mindfulness and remember my intention of finding balance and healing. Choosing a event that happens multiple times in my daily life, like starting my car, getting a message notification on my phone or brushing my teeth, as a signal to stop, take a breath and stimulate the ear seed creates a kind of rhythm of mindfulness and healing that helps me feel positive and in greater control of who I am and how I respond to the world around me.

    Image from Earseeds.com as featured at shop.pullingdownthemoon.com under DIY Fertility Tools, Gifts with Meaning, Pregnancy & Postpartum