Before the crisis of infertility resolves, you may experience depression, anxiety, and social isolation. Comments meant to be helpful, such as “Why don’t you just adopt?” can feel minimizing and hurtful. Receiving an invitation to one more baby shower can create a real bind. Do you support your friend or protect yourself?
Learning coping skills aimed at maximizing self-nurturance can help you deal with these difficult interactions and situations. Rather than avoiding people, places, or feelings, you can develop strategies that are pro-active and helpful. Consciously choosing how to respond gives you the permission to say yes and to say no.