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14
Jan

Your Fertility Plan in the New Year: Create a Vision Board

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A person’s self-esteem can really be affected during the fertility process.  Stress, anxiety, and depression can result from the challenges of the fertility journey.
When we imagine creating a family, we don’t always imagine the “roadblocks” that can arise—and that’s normal  We all have expectations of how our life is going to unravel.  These are our dreams and our visions for the future—and they are fabulous!
What we don’t expect to encounter, when we begin our family building efforts, are things like PCOS and endometriosis.  We don’t envision things like diminished sperm counts and issues with motility.  These setbacks can be a huge source of frustration, and increase our stress and worries.  When our expectations don’t equal the desired results, we can feel a whole gamut of emotions.  We may feel angry at ourselves and take it personally thinking that it was something that we’ve done, something that we should have done, or something that should have been done sooner, and so on….  Couples challenged with infertility may feel isolated by family, friends, feel a sense of inadequacy.  This can create a downward spiral.
We have just begun a new year and NOW is the time to harness all of these feelings and turn them into positive energy.  Focus on your dream.  Make a vision board : write down your desires, incorporate pictures of how you want your life to be. When you’re done, place your vision board in a prominent location where you see it and visualize your vision for the new year every day.  Set aside 15 minutes each morning to meditate, using either guided meditation or simple mantras, in a quiet spot in your own living room. This will help you further visualize 2013 as the year you want it to be!
Things may not happen the way we originally plan, but they can happen!  We may need to take different routes to get to our intended location, but we will get there!  When the focus is on the positives in life, it boosts self-esteem which, in turn, affects the brain and the rest of our body.
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2
Nov

Have You Made Your Fertility Vision Board Yet?

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Rochester - CNY Fertility Center, Creating Fertility Vision BoardsOn October 28th, 2009 our Rochester CNY Fertility Center held a vision board workshop.  Throughout the evening, giggles could be heard from the Yoga room. 

Creating your own vision board can be a lot of fun, it also has a very serious meaning.  A vision board is a collection of words, phrases and pictures that collectively express your vision for your future.  As little children, we might have created a vision board with a fire truck or ballet slippers, a dream of what we wanted to become as an adult.  The Fertility Vision Board is usually specific to your fertility journey.  Many of these boards contained pictures of babies and large pregnant abdomens along with words and pictures depicting relaxation and family themes.
As couples journey through the fertility process, it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment.  Will my follicles grow, how many eggs will fertilize, will this cycle be the one?  The vision board helps to remind you of the ultimate goal.  When placed somewhere where it can be seen and even touched each day, it will be a reminder of your ultimate goal or creating or adding to your family. There will be bumps in the road and even disappointments along the way but what is most important is the goal to create a family. Read more

29
May

Creating Vision Boards with Dr. Rob

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Dr. Robert KiltzDr. Rob has invited everyone to join him at the Syracuse, Rochester, and Albany CNY Fertility Center offices to create your own vision boards!  Creating a vision board is a wonderful, cathartic experience.  It is quite simple to do, you just gather various materials that you enjoy, and create a collage of what you want in life at that moment.  It is whatever you want to create, you may feel like focusing on a specific goal such as weight loss, a relationship, or a child, or you may decide to go more broadly and choose something like overall wellness and health.
The point of the vision board is to place on paper what your thoughts and dreams are.  Then, place the board somewhere in your home or office that you can see each day.  This will be a constant reminder of what you are working towards.  We have had wonderful success with vision boards in the past, because we have seen them come true.  You just need to be positive and have faith in what you want out of life.
You do not need to bring anything to our vision board session, but if you have any particular magazines or collage materials you would like to use, please feel free to bring them!  We look forward to seeing you there, and discovering what your vision is!
Dates and Locations:
Syracuse CNY Fertility Reception Area
Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 5:30-7:30pm
Please RSVP to Meg at Mmarnell@cnyfertility.com
Rochester CNY Fertility Reception Area
Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 5:00-7:00pm
Please RSVP to rochregister@cnyhealingarts.com
Albany CNY Fertility Reception Area
Thursday, June 18, 2009, 5:30-7:30pm
Please RSVP to Stacey at SDicerbo@cnyfertility.com