The thought alone of becoming pregnant can bring about different feelings. What more if you have to go through infertility? This can definitely bring about BIG and hard feelings.
This is where journaling comes into the picture. You might be wondering, what are its benefits?
- It lets you release pent-up emotions.
- It allows you to organize your thoughts.
- It enhances emotional breakthroughs.
- It aids you to record symptoms, goals, and even personal growth.
- It permits you to express emotions without having the fear of judgment.
- It helps you understand how you really feel about a certain situation of event.
- It gives you the chance to reread and reprocess previous events.
Some people refuse to keep a journal about their personal infertility journey, and that’s understandable. Why would you even consider it a ‘journey’ when you want it to be resolved immediately, right? Some people do not like that idea and thus, they refuse to think about it, let alone write about it.
Here are some of the reasons as to why it is still advisable to keep a journal:
The memories fade.
You can have a detailed memory about every failed cycle, and every frozen embryo, but those memories will eventually fade. Soon, the different cycles will start to blend, and you will not have a clear picture of what happened in cycle 1 or cycle 3. You should have something that will allow you to look back on it all someday, and you might not think it now, but you will want to remember.
Journaling is therapeutic.
You would, at one point or another, get tired of venting to other people. At times, you would not even want to vent – you’d rather keep everything to yourself. We all know that keeping those emotions bottled inside will just do more harm than good. Keep in mind that venting helps in reducing stress. Reducing stress might help you conceive, so you might as well give it a try.
It becomes a part of history.
Your infertility journey is a part of your history. If you keep a journal during this part of your life, you are forced to connect with what’s happening around you – important news, events, and random happenings. It helps you be diverted rather than just focused on your worries.
Anne Frank once said, “The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I might suffocate.”