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!
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.
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!