“The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I might suffocate.” – Anne Frank
For those going through the journey of infertility, emotions can often run high. It’s like a crazy roller coaster ride – one minute you’re positive, the next you’re down in the dumps, and the cycle repeats. When you want something so badly and struggle to get it, it’s hard to not let these emotions get the best of you, which can often make you feel like you’re alone. This is where journaling comes into the picture, and provides much-needed mental clarity in a very personal way. No judgment, no outside opinions, just a pure, healthy release of your emotions. Here’s how it can help you through the process….
You can release pent-up emotions. If you’ve been dealing with infertility for a while, chances are you’ve hit the wall emotionally. Journaling is a great way to get these feelings out and to lift the emotional weight off your shoulders.
It enhances emotional breakthroughs. You’re going to have ups and downs with this process, and jotting down the positive moments will only keep those positive feelings alive! It’s important to go back and reference these entries when you’re feeling down.
It will help keep track of symptoms, cycles, and changes in your body. When you know what’s going on with your body, you have a better understanding of where you’re at with your fertility treatments, what you can expect, and how you can better handle potential bumps in the road.
You can express emotions without the fear of judgment. You may have the best family and friends in the world, but there is always the fear of judgment when discussing your fertility battle. Journaling is a great way to “talk” about your raw emotions without having to hear unwanted public opinion (even if it’s meant to be helpful).
It gives you the chance to reread and reprocess previous events. You may not think it now, but your detailed memory of the fertility process will eventually fade. Soon, the different cycles will start to blend, and you will not have a clear picture of what happened at every step of the way. While it’s a process you may want to forget, it’s a part of your history that one day you’ll want to remember.
Journaling reduces stress. Everyone will tell you that less stress will lead to better fertility, and journaling is one way to get there. When you take a moment each day to vent to your journal, you WILL reduce your stress levels, which is a healthy, therapeutic way to boost your chances of conceiving!
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