As an egg donor beginning your egg donation cycle, you may feel pulled in many directions. You have your regular day-to-day activities for work, school, and family, while you also have the extra obligations of your egg donation cycle, such as monitoring appointments and carefully timed injections. By practicing self-care, defined as the activities and practices to help reduce stress and enhance an overall sense of well-being, you can manage the physical and emotional toll you experience during your treatment.
Below, we’ve prepared a list of self-care tips and strategies to help you navigate through your egg donation cycle while incorporating some well-deserved “me time”.
OUR TOP TEN SELF-CARE TIPS
MEDITATE. Meditation through breathing and self-evaluation helps calm the mind by removing distractions, worries, and restlessness from the day. Finding yourself through meditation has the power to transform your world. It can provide you greater clarity, compassion, and acceptance.
PRACTICE YOGA. The mental and physical focus of yoga provides gives you the opportunity to assess your body and mind. In turn, this allows you to get in touch with your body.
TAKE A NAP. Scientific studies show that power naps (naps ~ 20-30 minutes in duration) can help improve your mood. Further, they can also increase energy levels and leave you feeling rejuvenated and more alert through the rest of your day.
EXERCISE. While you might have to dial back your intensity and avoid high impact activities through some of the egg donation cycle, you shouldn’t let go of the chance to participate in low-impact exercise during your cycle. Physical activities produce endorphins that can leave you feeling better all day long.
READ OR WRITE. Set aside time each day to enjoy reading a book or writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal.
ENJOY TIME WITH A FRIEND. One of the best forms of self-care is in connecting with a friend. Meet up for lunch, dinner, or a movie. Spending time with friends can help provide the emotional support you may need to get you through your egg donation cycle. Don’t be afraid to let people in and share with them your egg donation journey.
SENSORY EXPERIENCES. Enjoying a sensory experience, such as aromatherapy or essential oils, listening to music, or taking a bath, can help you relax and is a top self-care tip amongst egg donors and hopeful parents, alike.
CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE. Clearing your schedule, even if just for a few hours, will help you relax. It will set you as a priority in your day.
SCHEDULE A MASSAGE. If you are looking to beat the demands placed on you throughout your egg donation cycle, a quick massage can quickly turn your mood around. Qualified massage therapists use trigger point techniques which act upon the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. In turn, this helps slow your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure, creating peace in your day.
BOOK A MANICURE OR PEDICURE. Taking care of your body and appearance gives you self-confidence. Indulge in a brief pause during your day to have your nails done up.
Overall, incorporating some of the self-care tips listed above into your day can help replenish you, transforming your relationship with yourself by boosting your physical and emotional well-being during your egg donation cycle. You might even find, after trying a few of the self-care tips above, that you will want to incorporate self-care into your daily routine beyond your egg donation cycle! By taking care of yourself, you’ll have so much more to offer the world.