29 Nov Infertility and Mentally Preparing Yourself for the Holiday Season
Holidays can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. Expectations are at a peak.
The pressure at every turn takes us away from our normal routine — to celebrate, and to enjoy! But for the person experiencing infertility, the holiday season can add emotional stress to an already complex and hurtful situation.
According to RESOLVE, there are a few things to keep in mind during this holiday season:
- Learn about the normal responses to infertility.
- Overcoming isolation by building a bridge back to your family or family.
- Give yourself permission to cry and be angry.
- Give your spouse/partner permission to feel and cope differently than you.
- Improve your communication about infertility.
Stress and Grief During the Holiday Season
Individuals experiencing infertility are not only met with typical holiday stress, but they are also challenged by the grieving process that is built into a fertility journey.
It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year but for some it’s only a reminder of what you’re missing in life. Truth be told, infertility leaves you sad, longing for a child to accompany to family celebrations and experiences year-round.
FSMG is here to tell you that feeling sad is something you should never be ashamed of or feel guilty for. Rather, it’s about understanding and observing new feelings that surround you during the holiday season.
Take Care of Yourself
First and foremost, it’s much easier to deal with the stress of infertility around the holidays if you are well-rested and make time for self-care. Vince Lombardi’s saying ‘Fatigue makes cowards of us all’ is true.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep, drink enough fluids, and maintain a healthy diet during this time. It is important to care for yourself while you are going though infertility. Take as much time as you need, seek and accept support from trusted friends and family or mental health professionals when you need it. Be gentle with yourself.
Go into the holiday season as prepared as possible for the challenging moments. Put yourself in control of your celebrations and the dialogue.
To learn more about these topics and speak to one of our physicians about fertility treatment, you can request a consultation here.