Becoming more aware

Becoming more aware of your emotional health means understanding what may trigger distress. Triggers for distress are very individual, but some common causes for poor mental health include feeling lonely, long-term stress, trauma, violence, bereavement, long-term physical health conditions. If you have an existing mental health problem you may find that these triggers can make your symptoms worse.

During the preconception period you may find that issues related to fertility and pregnancy cause you distress. This could include the news that friends/family are pregnant, your monthly period, negative pregnancy tests, loss of intimacy during sex, and not knowing the cause of fertility problems.

Developing self-awareness of your emotional health is an important first step. What are your triggers? What makes you feel better or worse? You can then take steps to prepare for difficult situations.

Of course, being aware of our emotional health and taking steps to improve it does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult. But it does mean that you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual.