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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Staying Positive

One of the hardest things ever for a woman with infertility? Staying positive.

I experienced my infertility in various stages of grief. The beginning was wrought with denial, which turned to anger, then a strange peace in which I got back in touch with my beliefs, a sadness -- perhaps depression -- that made me isolate myself from all things baby or pregnancy, and finally acceptance. To say that I've accepted infertility may be a bit misleading as my level of acceptance may change from day to day.

Here is a short list of ways to help stay positive.
  • Find a friend(s) to talk to. It doesn't have to be someone with infertility experience, even though that helps, you just need someone you can trust and who will listen. Talking to someone in real life or on the internet really, really helps. Trust us.
  • Circle + Bloom Meditations. I personally don't have any experience with this, but I've heard positive things about it.
  • Travel. Near or far, get out of the house and enjoy life with your SO. One of these days after your baby comes it will be a lot more complicated to just get up and go.
  • Get a mani/pedi. Or if you're a Parks & Rec fan...Treat yo' self!
  • Take breaks from all things infertility. Easier said than done. We know.
  • Faith. I found peace by getting back in touch with my faith.
  • Keep yourself busy with projects. There are always weeds to pull, and an endless amount of inspiration on Pinterest.
  • Remind yourself that others' TTC success doesn't make you a failure.  Along the same lines, don't compare yourself to others.
  • Decide to be positive. Ever heard of "fake it 'til you make it"? Decide to look at things from a different perspective. Be thankful for the things you do have instead of dwelling on the things you don't.
  • Drink wine. Hey, there has to be at least one perk of not being pregnant.
Whether you're TTC or not, what tips do you have to stay positive?

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