Many women are not strangers to the ups and downs in mood that occur during the monthly cycle, but the intensity and all-encompassing nature of fertility concerns can amplify these emotions. Obviously, each individual’s experience is different, but there are many feelings that can come up at each stage of fertility treatment. The beginning of treatment can be marked by (renewed) hope as the month/cycle begins. Though, this also may be a time with many medical appointments and “interventions,” all of which can be taxing emotionally and physically. The next stage can be filled with anxiety and/or anticipation as one endures the “two-week wait.” During this time, it can be challenging to concentrate on work or other aspects of life due to being hyper-focused on “signs” that the treatment has been successful or unsuccessful. At the end of the two-week wait, the arrival of a period can be devastating for many women. The grief one experiences at...
Here are some tips on how to choose a journal. Everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to buying a journal. Lines or no lines. Spiral-bound or not. Inspirational cover art. Maybe you prefer high-quality paper or a ribbon page divider. You might even want to find a journal with an inside pocket to store small mementos. Whatever it might be, take some time to find a journal that speaks to you. Target has a great selection of affordable journals, as does World Market and Barnes & Noble.
Not too keen on writing. It’s ok. Maybe recording voice memos is more your style. Use an app on your phone or purchase a voice recorder. Find the kind of journaling apparatus that makes the most sense to you.
Journaling doesn’t have to be as...
Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to selecting a journal. Lines or no lines. Spiral bound or not. Inspirational cover art. Maybe you prefer high-quality paper or a ribbon page divider. You might even want to find a journal with an inside pocket to store small mementos. Whatever it might be, take some time to find one that speaks to you. Target has a great selection as does World Market and Barnes & Nobles.
We know you’re busy. We also understand how difficult this time is, and we want you to have the best experience possible, which is why we encourage you to carve out up to one hour per week just for you. Here are three guiding principles to set yourself up for success:
It’s easy to let the to do list get in the way of taking care of you. But we’ve all heard the “put your mask on before you help someone else with their...
How to Choose a Space
Choose a quiet and ideally secluded space for your weekly practice. Consider all of the areas of your home. Do you have a spare bedroom or loft area? Or maybe your bedroom is large enough to set up a permanent self-care area just for you. Pick one that feels the most inviting to you.
Set Up an Inviting Space
Now that you have a space, let’s make it a comfy one. Gather all of your props and set them within reach. Make sure your journal is handy. And add any additional touches that speak to you. What would make the space more inviting to sit a little bit longer?
Create an Altar
Setting up an altar is certainly not necessary but highly encouraged. Think of it as a space to collect special mementos or little reminders of your intention or mantra. Items you might include are: candles, crystals, fresh flowers, trinkets, a mala necklace, a singing bowl, or maybe even some sage.
No matter how you ended up on the path of needing reproductive assistance the road can be long and stressful full of ups and downs. Whether you are part of the 12% of couples in the US that have been labeled as “infertile” or you have chosen to seek reproductive assistance for any number of other reasons, you’re not alone.
What is infertility?
Chances are if you are here you already know, infertility is the inability to conceive after one year or longer of unprotected sex. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples, and it affects men and women equally. The disease is treated through a variety of ways, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).
But needing infertility treatment doesn’t just mean you are “infertile.” There are other reasons you may find yourself on this journey. However, which way you ended up here we support you and your process.