Mental Health Awareness Month
Couples with infertility may be affected in various ways, both emotionally and physically. Going through fertility treatments may stress your relationships, work life, and everyday tasks. In honor of May being Mental Health, Awareness month, REACH wants to help you find effective ways to manage your stress, because stress never helped anyone get pregnant.
Here are a few options to try:
- Talk to someone. Your spouse, a family member or close friend would be a good choice. If you would rather speak to someone else going through fertility treatments, to see the next REACH support group, select fertility support or to identify other support group options locally select the following link for a list of support groups on the Resolve site find a local support group.
- Reward yourself. If you are having a treatment next Monday, schedule a massage or acupuncture appointment later that day so you have something to look forward to. Or reward yourself at home with a movie night.
- Stay busy. If you don’t have any plans over the weekend, all you will do is obsess over fertility issues and treatments. Join a yoga or exercise class at a gym, go for walks with loved ones, and spend time with your spouse or partner (because it’s probably a tough time for them too)
- Share your thoughts. Journaling or blogging is a huge stress reliever for some. Getting your emotions out on paper (or internet pages) helps you let go of them in your head and can ease your mind. You don’t ever have to share it with others if you don’t feel comfortable. You can also find similar blogs or self help books that inspire you.
- Seek help. If you find that you cannot manage the stress on your own, see a professional.
REACH’s staff cares for each and every one of its patients. Feel free to reach out to the reproductive specialists in Charlotte for more ways to cope with infertility stress.