Festive times are milestones that can be difficult for many reasons. Stress comes when our thoughts and feelings are out of synch with the actions we are taking. This can be particularly true over the festive season when there is considerable pressure to appear outwardly happy despite inner turmoil. We have created a series of blogs giving various coping strategies.
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December 24, 2017
Day 12: A Christmas Stocking miracle in Colchester
Rocco Stocking was a dream come true when he was born on Christmas Day...
December 23, 2017
Day 11: Be in the present
Always thinking about what has been or anticipating what is to come can be...
December 22, 2017
Day 10: Take care of yourself
Self-compassion is a good way to protect against depression.
December 20, 2017
Day 9: Men-only fertility forums found useful according to new research
Getting access to factual information is a key benefit
December 19, 2017
Day 8: Coping with friends getting pregnant when you’re not
Your work colleague might have been trying for years to conceive.
December 18, 2017
Day 7: "Don't tell me to relax"
Practice these techniques to help you cope under pressure.
December 16, 2017
Day 6: Writing through crisis
Many people find writing helps to channel anxiety positively.
December 16, 2017
Day 5: Make your own traditions
Big family get-togethers can trigger painful and conflicting emotions.
December 15, 2017
Day 4: Take a deep breath to carry on
Learning to breathe deeply can help you to keep calm
December 14, 2017
Day 3: Support for the journey
Fertility treatment is a significant emotional journey and can impact your relationships.
December 13, 2017
Day 2: “We are working on it”
My husband would answer, “We’re working on it,” which politely limited potential follow-up.
December 12, 2017
Day 1: Taking and setting your emotional blood pressure
There are ways to balance your emotional blood pressure
The fertility journey is very individual. Gary and Matt considered adoption first but sadly decided it was not for them. They had almost given up on their hope of a family when they were given an expected offer - they told their story to the BBC Naked Scientist
Getting you and your body 'pregnancy ready' can help you cope with the fertility journey. Good nutrition is one element of this and we are delighted that Angela Attwood of Love Nutrition is providing consultations at our new Wickford fertility clinic. In a guest blog she explains what nutritional therapy is and how it can help.
My own experience of nutritional therapy was so positive that I later went on to study it and have always been reassured and inspired by the fact that it is based on scientific evidence that is contin...
Well done and thank you to all who participated at our Macmillan Coffee Morning - we raised £200 thanks to the yummy cakes we had on sale!Thank you to all those who baked it, faked it or just ate it! Our Macmillan Coffee Morning was very warmly received by patients and staff - who were spoilt for choice.
The Macmillan Nurses do an amazing work and it was good to be able to support them as part of the world’s biggest coffee morning. ... See MoreSee Less
The loss of pregnancy or a baby is a deeply private grief and its often difficult for family and friends to offer appropriate support. This week is Baby Loss Awareness Week, a collaboration of charities calling for better bereavement support.