The holidays are stressful enough without having to anticipate environments that can upset you while on your fertility journey. Planning ahead of time for how you will respond to certain environments or questions about your family building can give you the peace of mind you need as you make your way through the holiday season.
If you find yourself in a stressful situation during the holidays, the following tips may be able to help you manage friends, family, and uncomfortable get-togethers:
The holidays are stressful enough without having to anticipate environments that can upset you while on your fertility journey.
Practice answers to tough questions in advance.
Deciding to disclose your fertility challenges to friends or relatives is a very personal decision. Whether you have made the decision to share your fertility challenges or not, preparing an answer ahead of time for people who ask about your family building goals can help take away some of the anxiety associated with these encounters. Practice these answers with your partner so you’re both on the same page.
Make new traditions, if you can.
If siblings or friends bringing their young children to a holiday party could potentially be upsetting, it might be beneficial to spend the time doing something more enjoyable instead. Some holiday traditions are unavoidable, but it is okay to be selective in accepting invitations when appropriate.
Find a way to express your feelings.
Infertility is a life-changing diagnosis. While you’re on your way to building your family, you may feel sad, depressed, or hurt—and it’s perfectly normal to have those feelings. Privacy is key. Finding a quiet place where you can be alone, contemplate how you’re feeling, and express those feelings is important.
Take time for yourself.
Planning a special trip with your partner, cooking an elaborate meal, or even having a night in at home can be therapeutic. Spend time doing what’s most meaningful to you.
Take time for your partner.
Your partner is one of your biggest sources of support during this time. Be open with one another; be available, and express how you’re feeling to each other, as your partner may be handling infertility in a different way.
Take time for those who support you.
You’re not alone. Many couples with fertility challenges find friends in support groups—in the spirit of the holidays, it’s important to remember and recognize the people who kept you strong throughout the year. Seeking advice from and listening to your biggest supporters can also be a source of strength for you as well.
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