PRACTICING SELF COMPASSION
One of the most powerful things you can do for your emotional health is to practice kindness towards yourself. One of our senior fertility counsellors, Amy Stevens, shares why
Deciding to try for a baby is an incredibly exciting time, whether it’s your first go-around or you’re hoping for #2 – but the road isn’t always easy. “Self-care keeps you in the right frame of mind to tackle any obstacles that may be ahead of you and needs to be a priority,” says Amy.
So be sure to take mental breaks and remember to focus on yourself. Do things that make you feel good about yourself, whether that’s exercise, being outside, pampering yourself, spending time with friends and family, meditation or even just time to be by yourself with your thoughts.
Amy adds, “if you don’t have immediate success in conceiving, it’s common to experience a range of emotions: sadness, anger, frustration, confusion. The worst thing you can do is ignore these feelings; it’s important to sit with it and work through it by remembering the positive steps you’re taking right now to conceive.”
Your Support System
Self-compassion can also mean that you lean on your support network when things become too much. You don’t need to take on the world, and you certainly don’t need to go through this alone. Think about who can be your support system during this time and make sure to connect with the people you love and do things you enjoy – outside of the heavy conversations around family planning and the medical chats.
Breathe in - 1,2,3.
This week we would like to introduce you to one of the most effective exercises to reduce stress and improve your state of mind when feeling a little overwhelmed. Amy explains, “deep breathing exercises are one of the most overlooked yet effective stress management tools when it comes to grounding our state of mind and creating space for growth.”
Have a look at this week’s worksheet and keep breathing.