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Infertile in Springtime

By Tracey Minella

March 19th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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Worn down by winter and overwhelmed by infertility’s challenges? You’re not alone. But spring is coming tomorrow…at least on the calendar if not by the forecast. It’s time to change things up a bit.

When I ask other infertile couples what the most frustrating thing about infertility is, lack of control is one of the most popular answers. Lack of control over your dreams, your life, and your body. The longer you live under this frustration, the greater the chance you’ll feel stressed or depressed. Your “fuse” gets shorter and the littlest thing that upsets your routine can…understandably…throw you off. Even last week’s time change—one hour lost— may’ve affected your routine and added to your exhaustion and crankiness for days!

Why not turn it all back around to your benefit?

Take control over a small block of time. Make a change for the better and take back some control this spring. Just a bit.

Imagine committing to even one small change in your day…one that you choose. One that you want. One that you… control.

No need to be drastic or crazy or set a lofty goal you can’t reach (which will defeat the purpose here). Pick something do-able and fun that is just for you. If it happens to have an added fertility-boosting benefit, all the better. But the main goal is that you feel better, either physically or emotionally, or both. And that you feel more in control of your life.

Here are a few examples of little things you can consider:

  • Drink more water. You will feel and look better and the health benefits are countless.
  • Reduce stress and get organized with a “To Do” list before bed. You’ll sleep better knowing your next day is planned out and you haven’t forgotten something. Then, spend 15 minutes on your most important task first thing in the morning if you can, so you start off feeling more in control.
  • Exercise for just 10 minutes each day. If that seems like root canal, just pick something fun that makes you move. Anything. Dance like Elaine from Seinfeld (just close the blinds first)!
  • Take 10 minutes to keep a daily gratitude journal or… if you’re feeling particularly peeved…then make it a venting journal. Either way, you will have an outlet for your feelings and you’ll feel better afterwards.
  • Sleep more. Take a power nap at lunchtime of you’re feeling tired or treat yourself to an early turn-in at bedtime. Even 30 minutes would feel indulgent. Trust me.
  • Meditate. It could be in a fertile yoga class or just grabbing 15 minutes of quiet, uninterrupted “you” time on your den floor (or outside if it ever warms up again).

What kind of big impact could these small changes make for you?

How about committing to one of them…or some other change that works for you? Want accountability? Post your commitment right here if that’ll help you keep it. Just say the word and I’ll crack that whip to keep you motivated…and I’ll be your biggest cheerleader when you stick with it. Let’s see what a difference a small change that you control can make in your life in 30 days.

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