It amazes me how I can actually go days without almost every thought being centered around having a child and then I wake up one morning and it is all I can think about. I am proud of myself for even getting to a point that I can go a couple days in a row without really dwelling or obsessing over my infertility because there was a time when I was all-consumed with every aspect of conceiving a child which quickly led to a lack of motivation and depression. Having dealt with depression as a teenager I knew the signs immediately and worked to restructure my way of thinking. Though infertility is a life altering diagnosis and a very involved treatment process we must be careful to not forget who we are outside of infertility. I love to read, exercise, shop, play with my furry babies, work in my flower beds, play in the kitchen, and try my hand at creative projects around the house. At one point I was not putting much effort into any of this and focusing only on the one thing in front of me-having a baby.
Enough emphasis can not be put on how important it is to reconnect every-so-often with our significant others as well. Setting aside time for a dinner/movie date or a quick weekend get-away can remind us not only why we want to have a baby with this person but also reminds us that we can still have fun as a couple.
Dealing with PCOS and infertility can be a full time job and I have focused a lot of my energies on both with this blog, my Facebook and Pinterest pages, research, and activism but I also make sure that I take the time to enjoy life outside of infertility. Being emotionally balanced is just as important for conception as your body’s health. So take time off of the baby on your brain and focus on the other things in life you love; it’s amazing how more balanced and clear headed you will feel.