Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with friends and family. While holidays are fun and entertaining, the season can also be difficult for those struggling with infertility. For anyone who is having trouble conceiving or maintaining a successful pregnancy, mainstream images of happy family gatherings might be challenging emotionally.
In order to minimize stress during holiday season, Medvisit Global suggests a couple of tips:
1) Reach out - if you feel lonely or isolated, seek out companionship from your family, partner or a friend.
2) Acknowledge your feelings - do not force yourself to be 'happy' just because it is a holiday season. Try not to hide your true feelings. If you feel like crying - cry! If you feel like smiling - smile!
3) Avoid emotional triggers - for example, if you know that there is a movie that makes you feel down, try not to watch.
4) You do not have to answer questions - during holiday season parties, family members and relatives are usually curious about your future plans regarding fertility treatment and other issues related to your infertility. If you do not feel comfortable to provide answers for such questions, simply change the topic or explain why you do not want to discuss it.
5) Stay positive - always remember that there are professionals willing to help! Infertility is not a life sentence.