Answer from: Karenna Wood
Mindfulness can be such a wonderful tool when you’re going through infertility. It can really help you to just be in the present moment. Often a lot of your thoughts will normally be future-focused, thinking of your dreams and where you’re trying to head to and all of the practical steps that you’re taking to get there. Being in the present moment can really ground you and allow you some space and some relaxation, much-needed relaxation. But it can be very difficult to achieve as you can imagine because often your head is just so full of all these worries and thoughts.
I recommend using mindfulness tools, giving yourself different things that you can try at different times to help you get into that present moment. You might just go for a mindful walk. I often find that walking is easier than necessarily being mindful of where you are in your space or being still for some. Taking a walk in nature, and being aware of the sights, and the sounds, and all the smells, and everything around you and just whenever you have a thought that’s outside of that just gently bringing yourself back. I think that’s the key to being mindful is that you will have thoughts come in and prop in but just gently bring yourself back, don’t judge yourself that you’re not being mindful, that’s normal for everybody just bring yourself back to that present moment.
Another few things that you can do is being grateful, being aware of the things that are good in your life – that’s another way of being mindful. You could use meditation to bring yourself down into a relaxed state and being mindful in that moment. Being mindful in a conversation can be really important, we’re often not truly a 100% listening. In the next conversation you have with your partner try to be really mindful, actively listening and it can be a very powerful thing in those situations. Being mindful can bring you so much. I really encourage you to have a look into some of the tools that might work for you to help you to be mindful and to bring your focus back to the present moment rather than always being so future-focused.
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