Saturday, March 5, 2016

Tips For Surviving the TWW

The dreaded two-week wait. Commonly referred to as the TWW. This can be the most stressful part of a cycle. Some of us symptom spot every tiny little thing, some of us obsessively pee on way too many pregnancy tests, some of us over analyze our charts, and most of us probably drive our spouse crazy. The TWW can be so full of possibilities and hope, but it can also remind of us of the disappointment of another month going by without a positive pregnancy test.

So what can we do to get through the TWW and keep our minds off TTC? Distraction is a must.

I'm currently in my TWW, for our last IUI before IVF. Keeping my mind off of that fact and making sure I'm relaxed and worry free, is my top goal right now. This is officially my 18th TWW. Here are some tips I've found can really help to get through this difficult part of the cycle.

Books, Movies, Binge Watching Netflix

Sometimes the best way to take your mind off things is to jump into another story. If you like to read, head on down to your local thrift store and get a bunch of books without breaking the bank. While you're at it, take a look at the DVD section or even just hit up RedBox on the way home. If Netflix is more your style, go ahead and binge watch House of Cards. I guarantee it's a better use of your time than over analyzing your possible pregnancy symptoms. It can be even more fun if you plan a movie night with your partner, including some yummy movie snacks!

Have Your Family or Friends Over for Dinner

Spending time with those we care about can be a great escape from all of our TTC worries. If you're like me, I love to cook a big meal, spending all day making everything from scratch. From planning the meal a few days in advance, to shopping for the food, and then cooking it, your mind is much less focused on the TWW.

Go on a Day Trip

Nothing expensive or fancy. But maybe check out that local art museum you have wanted to go to, or drive to the outlet mall to get some good deals, or head to the beach and go for a walk in the sand. Check to see if there are any local festivals, fairs, firework displays, etc. Even just a trip to the local movie theater can be just the escape you need. Be sure to check if your area has any drive in theaters too!

Adult Coloring Books

It seems like everyone loves adult coloring books. And honestly, they are beautiful! Some of the designs and pictures are even frame worthy. It seems like they are for sale everywhere now too! Here is one of my favorites. I like using colored pencils, but there are also gel pens that look beautiful! 

Start a Craft

Some of us feel better when we're busy with a specific task. Pinterest is full of an endless supply of crafts and DIY projects for the home. The TWW is a great time to finally teach yourself to knit, or make some wall art for your bedroom, or make a beautiful bracelet. The great part about a lot of crafts is you can use things you already have around the house! But even still, heading to the craft store is lots of fun.

Pamper Yourself

Get that haircut you've been wanting, or a get a pedicure. Or light some candles, snuggle up on the couch and just rest. Ask your partner for a foot rub and let yourself relax.

Home DIY Projects 

I swear that I am the most motivated to complete DIY projects around the house during the TWW. Cleaning the basement or sorting through boxes in the attic, shopping for new lighting fixtures (then installing them), or hanging new shelves in the closets. Again, Pinterest has about a million DIY home projects.

Spend Some Time in Nature

Spending time outside can be incredibly calming. There are always plenty of hiking trails or walking paths to try out. If you have access to a kayak or canoe, go spend some time on the water. If not, grab your fishing poles and head down to the local lake and fish from shore. Planing a picnic in a local park is lots of fun too! If you have a dog, you can bet that they will appreciate tagging along with you.

Get Some Exercise

Take a yoga class, or even do fertility yoga at home. If you want to take it easy, try going for a long walk in a local park. Exercise can be more fun if you do it with other people, so see if you can get your partner, family or friends to tag along!

For more ideas on how to keep busy, check out our Pinterest board below!

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