Stress Reduction for 2 week wait (IUI & ICSI)
Waiting for the pregnancy test result following implantation can feel like the longest wait and is often the most stressful time of treatment. This wait holds the key to having a potential, much desired for pregnancy or facing a potentially threatening result outcome.
You may experience some of the following symptoms during your two-week wait:
- stressful ruminating (thinking… what if scenarios over and over)
- anticipatory anxiety – feeling nervous and worrying, racing mind
- negative predictions about the future
- escalating between high (hopeful) and low (hopelessness) mood
- feeling tearful
- feeling out of control
- relationship tension
- difficulty sleeping
Research has shown that integrating coping skills during the two week wait can reduce stress and enhance well-being during the two week wait (Ockhuijsen H, et al, 2013).
E-counselling can support you with CBT & Mindfulness therapy which includes:
- Positive coping skills to manage the two week wait
- Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques
- A self/couple care plan
- Distraction techniques for difficult times
- CBT thought records to map and change any unhelpful thinking
- Motivational and solution focused therapeutic support to support restful sleep
- self empowerment exercises
- Identifying and creating positive change in the way you think about yourself/others (e.g. partner) when facing difficulties.
- Mapping and changing any unhelpful thinking/beliefs you hold about the situation (e.g. fertility problem) you are experiencing.
- Increasing self-supportive behaviours – as what you do and feel is influenced by what you think and believe.
- Providing CBT & Mindfulness based handouts and exercises to support optimum emotional balance and clarity of mind.
Mindfulness Therapy is beneficial because Mindfulness supports the body and the mind.
- Integrating Mindfulness improves mental and physical health
- It helps to relieve stress and improve sleep
- Mindfulness is supportive in the treatment of depression, low mood, anxiety, couples conflict and stress reduction
- Mindfulness helps people to manage painful emotions
(Harvard Medical School)