How To Overcome Postpartum Depression

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How To Overcome Postpartum Depression

It is possible to overcome postpartum depression – I think the best way to describe it is as a journey, as there are lots of twists and turns along the road and sometimes you get lost on a round-about but eventually you end up at your destination.

It’s no secret that anti-depressants can help you overcome postpartum depression but I believe it takes a lot of hard work from the suffer to get better to. If only we could take the pills and be instantly well again!

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A List of Things That Help You Overcome Postpartum Depression

1. Eat A Healthy Well Balanced Diet

I know that food may be the last thing on your mind right now, but us humans do need food for energy and to survive. Plus you also have a little one to look after and they take up a lot of your energy.

If you can just grab yourself a banana or apple when your little ones having a quiet moment. It really will do you the world of good to eat something.

2. Exercise

I find its all well and good telling people to exercise but its not like you have time to join a gym. So some realistic advice – stick your little one in the pushchair and go for a walk, this is exercise and the fresh air and change of scenery will do you both the world of good.

You could even take a long that apple and eat it on a park bench – double bonus points. If its cold out like it often is in sunny old England you could do what I did, when my little man was a baby I’d stick on some music and dance for him (yes I probably looked a wally!) also I’d pick him up and dance around with him – nothing like a bit of weight training.

Of course now he’s a toddler he has me dancing around the living room all day!

3. Rest & Sleep

You’ve heard it before ‘Sleep when your baby sleeps’ – best advice I can offer you especially as a postnatal depression suffer. Forget your to-do-list it’s more important for your baby to have a rested mummy than the pile of ironing done. You two are the priority – everything else can wait.

4. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

You’re suffering an illness and trying to look after someone else 24/7. You’ve got the house and husband and a cat. You’re not super woman you can’t do it all.

So you haven’t managed to get dressed today – is your baby fed and healthy and happy, have you had that apple and a cup of tea? Then great you’re doing amazing! Be realistic about what you can achieve.

Try to treat yourself once in a while even if its just something simple like getting the hubby to watch the baby so you can have a lovely bubble bath.

5. Ask Loved Ones For Help 

This is a hard step, one of the hardest I won’t lie. Its important for you to tell those close to you how you’re feeling as it’s can be difficult for them to understand.

Plus talking really does help lift a weight of your shoulders. Let them help you – they want to help you.

If some-one offers to babysit, do some of the ironing or cook  you a meal – let them! Getting some help doesn’t mean you’re a bad mum!

Mummy It’s OK – You’re Doing Great!

 

5 Comments

  1. March 6, 2016 / 10:44 am

    These are great tips that I think really do help. We all try to do it all and beat ourselves up when we cant. We need to take it easier on ourselves, look after ourselves and most importantly be kind to ourselves. Great post, thanks for linking it up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  2. May 9, 2017 / 5:55 am

    I am a person who has experienced postpartum depression. I understand the suffering when I get it. Thanks for your Tips. Awesome article.

    • May 9, 2017 / 6:30 am

      Your welcome 🙂 I’m hoping to be at the end of my journey soon 🙂

  3. alenamiy
    November 3, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    After the birth of a child you may face with such a problem as – postpartum depression. I want to tell you some useful information about it. Any depressive disorder can be divided into several stages, which are characterized by their different symptoms. Here you may read about 3 stages of depression.
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