- Rearrange your priorities. When you are going through any difficult time,
it's almost always necessary to switch up your perspective. Going through fertility treatments is no exception. You may not have the emotional or physical energy to attend every social gathering and stay up to date with everything that is going on. And that's okay.
- Get out of the house. While you will need plenty of rest during your treatments,
staying indoors all day can make you feel trapped. Go for a walk, get coffee with a friend, or find a new hobby. Do what you can to remind yourself that the world has so much to offer.
- Catch plenty of zzz's. Sleep is the body's ultimate healing process, so you can't afford to skip it. Take time to unwind before bed and reap the benefits of truly restorative sleep.
This alone will help you feel less stressed and more like yourself.
- Surround yourself in comfort. Make your home a nurturing place to be. Light candles, drape fluffy blankets, and place flowers in every room to make it cozy and uplifting. Self care is all about creating small sanctuaries for yourself, so find what this means to you.
- Take time to unplug. While scrolling through social media, you might find that your stress levels rise. If all you see are pregnant friends, sad news stories, and concerning medial articles, take a break. Give yourself that space away from the digital world.
As you are trying the above self care methods, and developing your own, talk to your fertility expert about their recommendations. With 7.4 million women having received infertility services in their lifetime, your expert may recommend a support group or other network. Know that you are not alone, as there are plenty of people who can help you through the IVF treatment process and day to day life. The combination of self care and a strong support system can be incredibly healing.