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How to stay productive at work during your fertility treatment

We asked Jen Elworthy, a career and fertility coach, to share her top tips to help navigate work and fertility treatment, while maintaining productivity and focus in your career.

Jen Elworthy

5 ways to stay productive at work during stressful times in your treatment                           

By Jen Elworthy, a career and fertility coach and expert.

At stressful times in your fertility journey, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and distracted, impacting your ability to do your job brilliantly. Perhaps you’re waiting for the clinic to call with news of your precious embryos, to find out when to trigger, or it’s the seemingly endless Two Week Wait. Or maybe you’re generally feeling stressed and distracted by your treatment and work is suffering.

Here are my top 5 tips to help ambitious women like you navigate these challenging, stressful times while maintaining productivity and focus in your career.

  1. Accept your emotions

It’s normal to feel the way you do. When you accept whatever you’re feeling you’ll move away from how you think you ‘should’ feel, which will instantly leave you calmer.

  1. Figure out what you need to stay focussed

Pay attention to your energy levels. I usually like to work in a bustling place, like an office or cafe, but there are times when I can’t cope with the noise and want some peace. Remember, you can always move if you need to.

  1. Get to grips with time management techniques

There are loads of techniques but my favourite when I feel overwhelmed and stressed is to break tasks down into manageable steps. Having a plan really helps and I feel like I’ve achieved something, even if I don’t get through the whole list.

  1. Ask for help

When I feel stressed or distracted I always ask for help. You don’t have to share details of why you feel like this, but it helps to have a co-working buddy or someone to have a coffee with.

  1. Focus on the present

I know, I know, this is a hard one. Find three little things to be grateful for – a bird in the garden, a smile from a neighbour, your train being on time. It’s scientifically proven this will move you into a more positive, productive mindset.

Visit to download the full guide on staying productive at work during stressful times which includes questions my coaching clients have found useful.

You’ll also find a guide to talking to your line manager about what you’re going through, and securing the support you need.

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