More and more women struggle with their fertility and conception in today’s world. While infertility is usually more common for women above 35, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, that 6.1 million females in the US, aged 15 to 44, face difficulties getting pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy. Many women suffer from conditions, such as: polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterus problems, uterine fibroids, and blocked fallopian tubes.
Unfortunately, dealing with the stress of trying to conceive can take a huge toll on a woman’s mental and physical health. A lot of women are worried about conceiving in time, and question whether any of the prescribed solutions, like a new diet and supplements, are even helping with their situation. Journaling is a great tool to become aware of what works for you and what does not. Moreover, it is a wonderful channel to express your emotions and enables you to lower your stress levels.
What is Journaling?
Journaling is mostly recommended for individuals who struggle with depression, stress, and/or anxiety. When you are trying to conceive, you are most likely dealing with a lot of emotions and fears. Of course, it is not healthy to suppress these emotions and thoughts you are having. That is why it is great to write since it allows you to express yourself, and to heal and release your feelings and emotions. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center we can receive the following benefits from journaling:
- Manage anxiety
- Reduce stress levels
- Manage depression
Writing can help us feel better and understand what we are going through. If we journal on a regular basis, we can become more aware of the following:
- Our fears, concerns, and problems
- Triggers that cause us to feel anxiety, stress, and depression
- Identification of negative behaviors and thoughts
Writing is a beautiful form of self-reflection and self-discovery. The art of listening to yourself.
What to Journal Throughout Your Fertility Journey
Your fertility journey depends on what you and your health care practitioner have discussed. It is important to keep track of the habits and actions you are taking to address your infertility and to ensure you have a healthy baby. Here are some of the things you can take note and record in detail in your journal.
- Your New Diet
It is always recommended to speak to your nutritionist or local holistic health practitioner to make a diet plan that can help you enhance your fertility levels. It is helpful to note down what you eat throughout the day. If you eat something that isn’t recommended by your nutritionist, then you can add that to a separate list. This can help you monitor and avoid problematic foods that could lower your fertility rate. Moreover, it also allows you to see how your body reacts to different foods, what works for you and what does not.
- Sleeping Patterns and Duration
A study on sleep disturbance and fertility reported that insomnia disorders affects more women than men. It also stated that sleep disturbance can influence one’s fertility, particularly through irregular moods and specific lifestyle changes. Thus, it is important for a woman trying to ensure a good night’s sleep. Moreover, try to reflect on what perhaps prevents you from having regular sleeping patterns. Do you find yourself thinking a lot at night, or perhaps you use your phone or laptop just before going to sleep? Sometimes it can also be your work or home situation that adds extra stress to your day. Whatever it is, write it down, so you can become more aware of your habits and patterns and heal your emotions.
- Mood Changes
As indicated earlier, negative emotions and mood changes can affect your fertility levels. Health is about our physical and mental aspects. Journaling can enable you to track your moods and understand yourself better.
When you are journaling your mood changes, so always consider what could have caused it. Perhaps it was something you ate or a lack of sleep. After writing about your mood changes, you can also list solutions to help avoid it next time. Just like dealing with anxiety and depression, journaling makes you more proactive in addressing that which requires your attention. Moreover, it allows you to understand your body and mind on a deeper level, to become familiar with everything that happens within you. Afterall, in order to heal, we need to be able to hear what is going on within ourselves. Our body and mind speaks to us continuously, journaling is a gift that will allow you to hear your own body again, to listen to what it is trying to tell you – whether you have an imbalance or something else that may require healing. It is a gift you can give to yourself.