The holidays can be a really emotional time for many. When you’re dealing with infertility and undergoing IVF treatments, the holidays can be even more emotionally triggering. Gatherings, buying gifts, family commercials and everything else pertaining to celebrating the holidays with children can really bring down your mood.
The holidays are constant reminder that family building hasn’t gone as you planned, which is why you’re undergoing IVF treatment. It’s not an easy time, but it is manageable. The Center for Fertility Support has some tips on how to cope during the holidays as you go through IVF:
You can absolutely say no to any obligations you don’t want to attend. If you’re not up for it, don’t make yourself go. Even if your family pressures you or others give you a guilt trip, you can always respectfully decline. You don’t need to be in any situation you don’t want to. Plus, this year is great due to the COVID-19 restrictions so you can just blame your absence on the pandemic!
Remember That Treatment Is Temporary
Don’t forget that treatment is temporary no matter how consuming it is. You will not be dealing with this forever. It’s simply a temporary situation happening right now.
Pick up your spirits by treating yourself. Maybe it’s a new outfit or some new shoes. Treating yourself will keep your mind off of everything that’s happening and lift your spirits.
Don’t Explain Yourself
Don’t explain or make excuses or defend your holiday plans to anyone. This is the right decision for you so honor that and treat yourself with dignity and compassion.
Try to stay healthy during the holidays no matter how hard it is. Eat wholesome meals, get enough rest and sleep, distract yourself with holiday movies and cheer to get your mind off of the treatments or talk to friends and family who are empathetic to your situation right now.
Find support anywhere you can. It’s best if you talk to a professional or join a support group so that you are among people who understand what you’re feeling. Center for Fertility Support specializes in IVF emotions and patients and can help you navigate your emotions this holiday season.
By following these self-care tips for coping with infertility during the holidays, you’ll find that this challenging time in your life is a bit easier than you thought! Center for Fertility Support offers one free virtual session for those interested in learning more about their services! Scheduling is easy and can be done online here.