How To Cope With Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is bittersweet when you are struggling with infertility. On one hand, you want to celebrate all of the mothers in your life. Yet, you also find that this day dredges up some difficult emotions. As this special day draws near, use these coping strategies to shower the women in your life with love while also taking care of yourself.

Start The Day With Self-Care
Waking up on Mother’s Day is difficult when you long for a family of your own. Begin your morning by doing what makes you feel best. Perform a few yoga stretches, treat yourself to breakfast in bed or go for a walk. Investing a few minutes of your morning on taking care of yourself will give you a better perspective before you start celebrating the mothers in your world.

Reach Out For Support
One of the hardest things about dealing with infertility is that your struggles are often invisible to the rest of the world. Consider talking to your mother today about what you are really going through, or you could reach out to someone else who is also struggling with infertility. Finding a listening ear allows you to vent your painful emotions while benefiting from knowing that someone out there understands.

Choose How You Spend The Day
There is no rule that says that you have to be a smiling participant at every Mother’s Day event. If you know that the day will be difficult, consider taking your mom out for lunch the day before or after. Alternatively, you can recruit your partner or support person to attend your family’s Mother’s Day event so that they can soothe your emotions if you become overwhelmed. It is also okay to cut your attendance at these events short or just stay home if you are dealing with raw emotions.

Find Ways To Laugh
Laughter truly is the best medicine, and you can find ways to distract yourself with a little humor. Head to your local comedy club for brunch, or find a hilarious comedy on a movie channel that you know will make you laugh. Alternatively, you could invite a group of your single girlfriends over for a silly makeover session. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is lighthearted and fun so that they day flies by with humor.

Indulge In Some Pampering
Who says that mothers should get all the love on this day? Everyone woman deserves to be celebrated for their caring nature, and spending a little extra time on yourself reminds you that you are also important. Run a luxurious bubble bath, schedule a massage or go for that new hairstyle. You’ll feel better both inside and out.

This year, don’t let Mother’s Day leave you feeling burdened by the pain of infertility. Surround yourself with family and friends who understand what you are going through, and remember that reaching out to others is better than wallowing in self-pity. By being willing to practice a little self-care, you can make it through this day while emerging stronger and with a better support system in place.