Coping with Infertility and Covid19

Are you struggling with issues to do with fertility and dealing with the universal uncertainty from Covid 19?

What can you do right now.

You can use a tool kit every day so that you feel empowered physically mentally and emotionally.

Physically

Enjoy activities and moving your body for at least 30 minutes every day. Maybe think of what you used to enjoy as a child. Was that walking along a beach or through nature or skipping around the corner of your house because everything in the world was new and fascinating. Use your body and your senses at the same time. For example what do you see when you are walking, the focus can be on colours, what do you hear or what can you smell?

Practice yoga, Pilates, walking, boxing, weight training, running or attend a virtual exercise class every day.

Practice to eat mindfully. Whatever you eat, put it on a plate and eat it at a table. Prepare your meal or snack and set the table even if you eating from home.

Practice good sleep hygiene Try and go to sleep every night and wake up the next morning at the same time.

Mentally

Think about what you can do. Be proactive in researching which doctor or clinic and where you want to go to receive fertility treatment. Put in place some strategies that you can use to cope with the uncertainty of treatment. For example, who do you have as a support to confide in along the way. During the journey of fertility treatment the experience needs to be supportive so you as the patient need to have your concerns and questions answered.

If you are working, ensure that you are supported with allowing for time off, to go for fertility checkups.

If you are working from home you need to find a space in your home that is your workspace. Every day you should get dressed before entering this workspace and set yourself a routine for working as if you were in an office.

Emotionally

Be very mindful that your anxiety levels will probably be tested with the uncertainty of treatment outcomes. You should practice daily breathing for calmness. Practice daily mindfulness exercises and breathing at the same time. There are many apps and podcasts available for downloading.

Talking to a trusted friend or family member can be useful.

Therapy during this time would help you feel more relaxed. Often people feel that they need to keep their emotions to themselves because others wont get it or they do not want to be given advice or judged. A therapist will allow them a space to feel their emotions and express them in a non- judgemental and safe place.

Try and limit or restrict the amount of time you spend worrying about fertility issues. Make a set time everyday for no longer than 30 minutes when you allow yourself to explore, discuss or ask questions about fertility.

If you are experiencing isolation as a result of working from home, reach out to family and friends using telehealth or join an online support forum.

Maybe this is the time you can find a hobby or interest that you want to pursue. Explore any online courses you might want to do. As restrictions are lifted make sure you have regular things booked in for you to look forward to.

Your aim is to use this time of uncertainty to empower yourself to embrace the world with what you can do.