Before Baby week4 - emotional health

GREAT THINGS TAKE TIME – HOW TO REMAIN RESILIENT

As you prepare both physically and mentally for your journey to parenthood, it’s a good time to reflect and do a resiliency check on your emotional health.

GREAT THINGS TAKE TIME – HOW TO REMAIN RESILIENT

As you prepare both physically and mentally for your journey to parenthood, it’s a good time to reflect and do a resiliency check on your emotional health. One of our senior fertility counsellors, Amy Stevens, says that there’s a common misconception that resiliency occurs only as a by-product of hardship. “In reality, resiliency is a valuable skillset that can be developed. It allows you to remain steadfast in your path, no matter what happens along the way.” Read on for her helpful tips to strengthen resiliency.

Get into a routine

And no, we don’t mean with your baby-making endeavours! It’s all too easy to focus primarily on your fertility and trying to conceive, but you are a full and vibrant individual with many aspects to your life. Get into a weekly routine that includes the activities you enjoy - whether that’s your 10am cup of coffee or tea, reading a book, getting back into your skincare regimen or cooking dinner with the people you love. Amy adds, “Routine can give you a sense of control over your day, which can ultimately help you feel more resilient over time.”

Practice gratitude

A great way to boost your resiliency is to think through all the things you’re grateful for today. Amy says that it’s easy for many of us to fall into a pattern of thinking ‘I’ll be happy when X, Y, Z occurs’, whether that’s a holiday or a new job. But this way of thinking subtly puts your mind into a negative space. What are you grateful for today? What steps are you taking in this moment to get you to where you want to be?

Try out journaling

Writing all your worries, thoughts and emotions into a journal might help to get those thoughts off your chest. Writing down your feelings can aid as an emotional release and allows you to give your brain a chance to rest. Not only does journaling make you feel better, but it also helps you to self-reflect and understand your thinking pattern.

Keen to try journaling? Click here to check out our journaling worksheet.