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Infertility and Depression 2 for the price of 1

Infertility and Depression 2 for the price of 1

The dictionary definition of infertile is:

1. Absent or diminished fertility.

2. The persistent inability to conceive a child.

And (part of) the dictionary definition of depression is:

1. A feeling of being extremely unhappy.

2. A condition in which a person is so unhappy they cannot live a normal life.

3. An area, which has sunk below its surroundings; a hollow.

I left that last description in as I think that sums up the feeling of infertility more than any of the others, it is a feeling of emptiness.

Depression is a very strong word, but also one that is overused. How many of us have had a bad day and used the phrase “I am so depressed”? The ironic thing is that once you might actually be suffering from the effects of depression, you are highly unlikely to ever use that phrase.

Signs of depression include; feeling anxious, agitated or worried, feeling like you are on the edge of tears, losing interest in friends, family and your favourite things, loss of self-confidence, being unable to concentrate on daily tasks and activities, feeling tired all the time and reduced interest in sex. The last one being particularly helpful at this time in your life!

Infertility sucks all of the joy and colour out of life and due to the fact that many couples do not tell their friends and family that are trying to conceive can mean that they are very isolated.

While I hate labels and both the words infertile and depression are depressing enough in their own right, realising that these feelings are perfectly normal, you are in no way alone in feeling like this and that there is a huge amount you can do to help yourself is the first step to positive change in your life.

Over the past two years I have spent a great deal of time researching and learning about the link between the mind and the body. The majority of sources all indicate that the same three techniques can be used to increase happiness and balance emotional and physical health; therefore increasing fertility.

1. Mindfulness

2. Gratitude

3. Connection

Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety. It combines techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements of cognitive therapy to help break negative thought patterns.

Being grateful for what you have is so simple but can easily be forgotten when your life is not going to plan. Keeping a gratitude journal and listing five things you are grateful for every evening really does make a difference to how you view your life. You can start with the big things like your partner and family and then keep adding to the journal with anything and everything you are grateful for in life. On my list tonight will be Waitrose gluten-free hot cross buns. Perfection!

Connection with others is what many believe to be what life is all about. I am blessed with the support of my fantastic husband, amazing friends and loving family, but I still need support and advice from those who can really relate to what I am going through. I have built up my own support team to include; an acupuncturist, a herbalist, a mindfulness coach and the Infertility Network UK, a fantastic charity that provides advice, information and support. On the back of this I have set up Mindful Mumas-to-be to share what I am learning and to create a support community. Please do join us if any of the above resonated with you.

mindfulmumatobe.co.uk

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Hello. You are right dear. Infertility sucks our happiness and life. Many couples get depressed had fights etc. You really need the support of your friends and family. I can feel what you are going through. I felt really glad that your husband is supporting you. He is there by your side. You are a brave and strong person. You are lucky to have a nice person in your life. I assure you that happens will come to you soon. Thank you for sharing this with us. A lot of infertile couples will get the benefit. People can release there stress. We need more platforms like this. Stay happy all of you. Your reasoning is quite efficient.

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Hi. You are correct dear. Not having children is unbearable. Numerous couples get discouraged and don't know what to do. You truly require the help of your loved ones. I can feel what you are experiencing. I felt extremely happy that your better half is supporting you. You are fortunate to have a pleasant individual in your life. I guarantee you that happens will come to you soon. Much obliged to you for imparting this to us. A lot of infertile couples will get the advantage. We require more stages this way. So that we can discuss our problems. Keep hopes high. Your thinking is very effective. You are an overcomer and brave girl.

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