Right now there is so much uncertainty. When will social distancing end? Will I still have a job at the end of this? When will I be able to do another round of fertility treatments? Well, that last question might have been something you asked your reproductive endocrinologist (RE) more than a year ago. We honestly don’t have the answer to any of those questions, but we do have some tips to help you with the feelings of a long wait or uncertainty.
Nothing sounds more grounded than placing your feet on the floor – but do more than that. Take off your socks and shoes, spread your toes, and notice all the places where your feet connect to the ground. Next, try a different surface. Try carpet, wood, tile, grass, concrete. Lastly, go for a walk, or try a walking meditation.
Start with what you see. Take it all in, but without labels. Just experience what you see. Now close your eyes. What do you hear? How far away can you hear? What do you hear inside? Now with your eyes open or closed what do you taste? Next, use your hands to touch. Start by touching your feet. Do you feel calmer or more grounded? Cover your eyes. Place your hands over your heart. Then gently touch hands to hands, either your own or with a partner. Lastly, notice your breath. Notice how the air enters the body and where it goes. Then watch as the air leaves the body and how it exists.
If you’re in quarantine with another soul, give them a warm embrace in the form of a hug. Set a timer for 15 seconds and hug. Do the hug in silence, and no butt grabbing (until the timer goes off).
You may know this by now but here at Orchid, we’re huge fans of yoga… but that walk under 1. above works too! You can also dance, do Tai Chi, or workout.
Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts. Sometimes we have expectations on what this looks like, but it can literally just be a list or even doodled images. If you need some tips on how to get started check out this post.
If you have a partner, they’re in it with you. They’ll have knowledge of what’s going on and the difficulties you are facing. Just remember to listen and respect each other. Here’s a blog post on ways to promote healthy communication.
Sometimes your partner doesn’t get it, and that’s ok. Reach out to your best friend, or someone who has been through infertility. Getting your thoughts and feelings off of your chest is sometimes all that you need.
Talk therapy is used by many because it’s really helpful. A trained professional will listen to you without judgment and often can give you advice on how to approach your situation.
Your RE knows your fertility situation. They may not know how this pandemic may play out, but they can tell you what their plans are for you and your treatment.
When you talk to your doctor ask them when you should call back. If your clinic has suspended treatments at this time be compassionate, but ask how they will notify you when they are reopening. Also, ask when in your cycle (the first day of menstruation, after your current prescription runs out, etc) you should call back to schedule your next appointment.
This sounds simple but so many of us don’t actually do this. Create a daily, and a weekly, schedule. Take a moment to look at our tips above and include some of those grounding and clearing practices (maybe add in a few self-care activities) into your life.
This 125-page workbook was designed to get you thinking, daydreaming, and working towards the fertility experience you desire. It guides you through 31-days of self-reflection activities to help you tap into what you truly want deep down. By the end, you will reframe how you want your infertility journey to look and feel moving forward.