With the holidays coming up, your fertility journey might be on your mind more than usual. That’s understandable, as you see holiday commercials with families and experience get-togethers with friends and family members who may have young children. Here are a few tips to help prepare yourself for the holiday season in the midst of infertility.
First, don’t be afraid to be selfish in a healthy way. It’s okay not to say yes to every event, or to every person who wants to spend time with you. Taking care of yourself matters, and you can do that more easily when you set strong boundaries and get honest about what you feel comfortable with. Putting on a happy face when you’re feeling down isn’t always the right choice. Sometimes, staying home is better. You may also want to consider treating yourself to a different event or experience that’s not related to children or babies, so you can focus on yourself and the joy of the holiday season in a way that works for your needs.
Second, make sure to keep yourself on a healthy schedule and plan. You don’t want to cause harm to all your hard work up to this point. Eating healthy meals and staying away from alcohol can help, as can getting enough rest. You don’t need to go to endless holiday parties where you’ll be out late, when a cup of cocoa and a movie with your partner, a friend, or even by yourself, may feel good and keep you focused on the kinds of things that matter most.
Also, remember that it’s all right to lean on the people who love and care about you. There’s no reason to put on a fake smile and insist you’re fine if you’re really not. A support system is very important throughout your fertility journey, and it can matter even more during the holiday time. Reach out to people who want to help you, and get the support you need. Having that love and compassion can make the holidays easier.
At the Fertility Institute of San Diego, you will be treated with compassion and care. At larger fertility clinics, patients can feel like a number. However, we are different. We realize that you’re a unique individual and we always treat you that way. We take great pride in being a boutique practice, where a single physician who knows everything about your case treats you. Contact us today to learn more!