The month of August is a wake-up call that the summer is winding down and the fall is soon approaching. Now is a good time to think about how you would like to spend the remaining days of what, for many, is the most relaxing time of year. Consider using this slower paced time to begin to take better care of yourself. August can be the month that you initiate your journey to self-nurturance.

Infertility is often a crisis for those people going through it. It can be draining emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In order to continue to pursue future medical interventions with the greatest chance of success, it is in your best interest to be as refreshed as possible.

Self-nurturance is a way to fill-up your energy tanks. It is also a way to help reduce some of the emotional distress (such as sadness and anxiety) that accompanies infertility. Acts of self-nurturance do not have to take a lot of time, nor do they have to cost a great deal of money. Just let your imagination run wild as you begin to explore the various things that make you feel good again.

Here are a few things that people find nurturing: taking a walk outside, taking a yoga class, doing something with your hands (e.g., making pottery, crafts, etc.), getting a manicure and/or pedicure, escaping to the movies. Create your own list and then commit to doing at least one self-nurturing thing each day. It will make a difference but you have to do it on a regular basis to reap the rewards. Let me know about your experience! Best of luck.

Gayle D. Crespy, Psy.D. Program Director