The festive season can be a joyous and exciting time for some, and a stressful and painful one for others. It’s a time of year that can be difficult for patients who are struggling with fertility problems.
At Fertility First, we recognise that this time of year can be both difficult and unavoidable, so we’ve thought of some suggestions and strategies for how you might choose to spend this time, offering strategies to help you cope during this challenging time.
1. Prepare a plan of action
Understand that this time of the year is coming and plan how you want to spend it. If spending time with family seems too uncomfortable, set some time aside to mentally rehearse the day in your mind.
Prepare for how you might deal with pregnant relatives or relatives with small children, and have responses to questions ready if you’re asked about your plans to start a family.
2. Make time for yourself
It’s okay to put yourself first and treat yourself by doing something you enjoy, whether it be bushwalking, a quiet time at home with Netflix, or planning a special get away by yourself or together.
Sometimes our fertility journey can consume our life and we can forget about the other person in the relationship, so doing something special together can help alleviate the stress and frustration that can sometimes tip us to breaking point.
3. Know that it’s okay to feel sad and emotional during this time of the year
Fertility journeys are hard work, they’re emotional rollercoasters that many others are experiencing. It is completely fine to acknowledge that you’re feeling overwhelmed or finding a situation challenging.
If you find yourself in a situation like this, take a breather away from everyone, collect your thoughts and know that it’s okay to feel this way.
For more tips and advice, consider making an appointment to speak to one of Fertility First’s counsellors. Alternatively, for more information and advice about infertility, and the availability of support services, check out Access Australia.