Written by Monti Pal, LPC
This week, April 24-30, 2016, is National Infertility Awareness week.
As many of you know, our son was conceived via IVF. We pursued this process due to a rare genetic disorder that I am a carrier for. Through testing, I also found out that I have some low fertility/infertility issues myself.
I often work with clients who are going through fertility treatments. After my blog post last year about IVF, I had many friends and acquaintances tell me that they had experienced multiple miscarriages and had gone through IUI and/or IVF themselves.
Many people struggle with shame and guilt around sharing that they are going through fertility treatments. They are afraid of how people might respond to them or how they might judge them.
If you have a friend or family member who is going through fertility treatments, there are some great resources out there about how to help and support them. I want to add to that literature because sometimes the tips aren't specific enough.
In this post, I want to get more specific about how to help and support a friend or family member who might be going through fertility treatments.
Mind In A Jar
Here's how to make your very own Mind in a Jar!
Using your Mind in a Jar:
The glitter represents thoughts and feelings. When you get upset or angry, shake the jar up real good. As you watch the glitter fall to the bottom, focus on your breathing. Just watch the glitter fall and breathe in and out slowly. Notice how your thoughts start to slow down, and how feelings start to settle as the glitter makes its way to the bottom of the jar.
Even though some of those thoughts and feelings might not go away, notice how they don’t have to push you around or control your behavior. Take a big, big breath and slowly let it out. How do you feel? Do you need to talk? Do you need a hug? Find an adult and tell them what you need right now.
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