Favorite things, TREATS, during the holiday season if you are also in the middle of infertility and fertility treatment:
Hot baths. Always a favorite. Add a mug of hot tea. A soft cover book (trust me, a hard cover book is a bad idea). Candles. Soft music. Bubble bath or naturally scented oil.
Tucked onto the couch with a book, mug of tea, candles, soft music. Yes, a variation of above.
Rent a movie; "Love Actually", "50 First Dates", "Sherlock Holmes", "Pay it Forward", "Mr and Mrs. Smith", "All About Eve", "Hitch", "Groundhog Day", "Moonstruck", "Unforgiven", anything with George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Thor (?), Jude Law or Liam Neeson. This is a very, very incomplete list. Please send in your favorites and I promise to expand.
Make a lovely, healthy meal for yourself, your partner or a few close friends. Afterwards, challenge them to a game of apples to apples or pictionary or twister or even trivial pursuit. Wii anyone?
See a dance performance, music performance, comedy performance. See a movie. Go and participate in any of the above. There are lots and lots and lots at this time year. Zumba anyone?
My personal favorite, not surprisingly, a yoga class. A vigorous class or a restorative class. Try a new teacher or get to your favorite regular class with a beloved teacher. Stay at home, use a DVD.
Volunteer! Go to a soup kitchen, go help wrap presents, find out from your church/temple/town hall what you can do to help those in need this season.
Spend some time outside, especially if it's cold. Bundle up nice and warm, take a walk and feel how refreshing it is to be outside in the winter. Take the idea a little further and go ice skating. Go skiing. Take a lesson. Go sledding.
Go back to basics- write in a journal, read something inspirational, call a friend you haven't spoken with in a while and miss, bake something for someone else.
Other ideas? Please share them! I could use a few new treats.
Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for seven years and is currently Patient Advocate and Blog Editor-in-Chief.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.