Mothering Sunday can be a difficult day for those who are struggling with infertility. It is a day that celebrates motherhood, which can be a painful reminder of the inability to conceive. If you are infertile, here are some tips to help you handle Mothering Sunday:
- Acknowledge your feelings: It is important to recognize and acknowledge the emotions that come with Mothering Sunday. It is okay to feel sad, angry, or frustrated. Allow yourself to experience these emotions and express them in a healthy way.
- Plan ahead: If Mothering Sunday is a triggering event for you, it may be helpful to plan ahead. Decide how you want to spend the day, whether it be with loved ones or alone. If you choose to be around others, communicate your needs and boundaries beforehand.
- Focus on self-care: Mothering Sunday can be a good day to focus on self-care. Take some time to mother yourself and do something you enjoy, whether it be reading a book, taking a walk, or indulging in a hobby. You can also treat yourself to something special, like a massage or a favourite meal.
- Connect with others: Infertility can be isolating, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. Reach out to friends or family members who are supportive and understanding. You can also connect with others who are going through similar experiences through support groups or online forums.
- Practice gratitude: Although it may be difficult, try to focus on the things in your life that you are grateful for. This can help shift your perspective and bring a sense of positivity to the day. You can write down a list of things you are thankful for, or simply take a moment to reflect on them.
- Create new traditions: Mothering Sunday can be an opportunity to create new traditions that are meaningful to you. You can do something that honours the memory of a loved one, or start a new activity that brings you joy.
- Seek professional help: If you are struggling to cope with infertility and the emotions that come with it, consider seeking professional help. A therapist can provide support and guidance as you navigate this difficult journey.
Mothering Sunday can be a challenging day for those who are struggling with infertility. It is important to acknowledge your emotions, plan ahead, focus on self-care, connect with others, practice gratitude, create new traditions, and seek professional help if needed.
Remember that you are not alone, and that there is support available to help you through this difficult time. If you feel you need support, consider working with a professional. A CET practitioner can assist you to release your painful emotions from the past so you are more emotionally and mentally resourceful you can read about our reCET Yourself programme by clicking here.
Dr Lisa Turner