Grand Prix drivers know what helps them drive their best during the race. You, too, will need to identify coping mechanisms that will assist you as an individual and as a couple in dealing with the stress of IVF. Know your own and your partner’s styles for dealing with stress – and what has helped you both to cope in the past.
For example, women may need to talk and receive support from others; while men may prefer to be involved in a an activity or hobby to cope. Learning how to accept differences in the way each of you handles and deals with your feelings can reduce conflict.
In addition, consistent exercise is one of the best ways to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Stress management classes – as well as listening to relaxation tapes regularly – can also aide in handling the feelings couples experience during IVF.
This is the sixth installment in a series of articles entitled “The IVF Race.” Read the rest of the articles in this series for suggestions in helping you finish the IVF race feeling like a champion, no matter where you place.