Reframing Valentine's Day into a Day of Self Care
This Valentine's Day is for YOU
History has shown it- the focus of Valentine's Day is on couples. We're breaking out of the mold, changing the outlook on Valentines Day this year by putting the focus on you. Given that the up's and down's of infertility and fertility treatment can be hard, even really awful sometimes, a little self care can go a long way. That's why this year we want to help you take care of you on Valentines Day.
Several of our Integrated and Fertility Wellness (IFW) team were asked for suggestions on how to reframe Valentines Day into a day of self care. They shared ideas of how you can celebrate, showing yourself some love this Valentine's Day.
Self Love Practices
“Setting aside an hour for acupuncture to renew you body, mind and spirit is an enjoyable act of self-love.”- Elaine Malin, MTCM, L.Ac. (Fertility Acupuncturist)
"Go on a judgment diet as an act of self-love. For this month, no negative self-talk about, "I should have" or "could have" and do your best to stay away from people or conversations that will lead to you feeling judged or criticized” -Lisa Schuman, LCSW (Director of Mental Health at RMA of Connecticut)
"Take time today (even 10 minutes), to move in a way that feels good for you. Sign up for that lunchtime yoga class you have been wanting to try, walk with a friend, dance in your kitchen....your heart (and mind) will thank you. -Jill Hickey, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).
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.