Thanks so much for all the comments on my last post! I loved reading all the responses. However, I hate that our self esteem is being affected by this terrible thing called infertility. I thought I’d talk a little bit about coping strategies since you guys had some great suggestions!
Some things that were mentioned were therapy (specifically an IF therapist), meds, joining an online forum, joining a support group in real life (for instance through Resolve), blogging, writing, reading, bible studies/groups, finding a goal or activity non-IF related to focus on or work towards (like a 5K race), taking breaks between cycles, and finding relaxing activities to enjoy.
Many of these things, I already do. Sometimes I find myself being lazy or complacent and NOT using my coping strategies. I have many resources at my disposal, but sometimes I feel like just moping around and feeling sorry for myself. I know that’s not good, however I think there are times when we need to spend some time grieving and sorting through our problems on our own. It’s hard to reach out to others or do anything when you feel like crap. Those periods should not drag on for too long though, because it’s not healthy.
I’m definitely going to work on my coping skills again while I’m on my TTC break. So far, I’m feeling pretty good and relaxed. Hubby and I enjoyed a bottle of wine the other night and had unscheduled, fun BD. 🙂