Recently I've been hearing and learning a lot about the effects of stress on TTC - basically, that it's detrimental! One podcast I listened to the other day said that stress is the number one damper on fertility. Wow... definitely something to take into consideration, I think! Stress can include not just "feeling stressed out," but anything that puts stress on our mental, emotional, or physical health.
Now, let me attempt to describe the lifestyle season I'm entering....
My husband and I are both on staff at a kids' summer camp. So for 6 months of the year (this week is move-to-camp week), we live on camp property and it's a go-go-go life. You probably think, "oh that sounds like so much fun!" which is what everyone says And it is....but....
It's also insanely busy and stressful and exhausting. Everyone on staff seems to have this kind of mindset that, if you're not working 12+ hours a day, you're not pulling your weight. "Off time" is when you go to bed, and during your one two-hour slot per week.
I am the Registration Coordinator, which is an office job, but can also be quite demanding at times and requires a lot of after-hours work. My DH is the Facilities Director and the work he does really should be split among 3 people. He is often out working late into the night, which makes me get frustrated at him for being a workaholic, even though I know it's not his fault. We really don't see much of each other during camp season, mostly just at night when we're both too tired to do anything but go to bed. We both work Saturdays and he often works Sunday too.
So my question really is, how in the world do I manage to not be stressed and to maintain my physical, mental, and emotional health during this season? Right now I am literally stressed about being stressed After realizing how much my mental/emotional health contributes to my fertility, I feel like I might as well not even TTC for the next 6 months.
I don't mean to complain. Camp is a great thing to be part of, but it's much more difficult than most people realize. I wonder if any of you ladies have any wisdom or advice to offer?!