Fertile New Year's Resolution: Day 26
It's January 26th. How's that New Year's Resolution coming? Done. Over? Finished?
How about we press a restart button, only this time instead of the huge commitment that you likely made and haven't kept, let's try #OneSmallChange.
#OneSmallChange Advice From Fertility Specialists
Best suggestions from fertility specialists for #OneSmallChange:
- Get more sleep- minimum of seven hours. Make it easier on yourself, turn off the electronics an hour before bedtime. It will make it easier to get to sleep and it will make it easier to stay asleep.
- Add some veggies to your plate. Notice that I am not suggesting that you stop all sugar, flour, etc? Add a red veggie- peppers or tomato. Have some fun! Add a purple veggie- red cabbage, gorgeous and delicious. Add a green one- celery, cucumbers, peppers, or an heirloom lettuce.
- Exercise! Get into the gym a minimum of one hour every day and walk thirty minutes a day in addition. No. Kidding. That wouldn't be #OneSmallChange, that would be a huge change. Instead, try to add 30 minutes of walking five days a week. Maybe at lunch? Maybe after work? Get a walking pal, makes it more fun makes you accountable.
- Stress less, meditate more. And again, you don't need to do a six week pilgrimage to a place where there are no phones and no electricity. You could go to your phone and add a free app. Choose a 3 minute meditation. That would be #OneSmallChange.
New Year's Resolutions can be a royal pain. They're hard to keep and it's demoralizing when we fail. So choose something different. A small change. Maybe a different small change every day.
That's a manageable goal for every day. Improve your fertility, #OneSmallChange at a time.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.