4 Steps To Improve Your Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression is a taboo condition and many women still feel too stigmatised to talk about it openly. But if you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or extreme sadness after the birth of your child, make sure you take steps to improve your postpartum depression.
1. Speak Out
Approximately half of new mothers are concerned about their mental health and many are suffering in silence, according to research by the National Childbirth Trust.
There are a range of symptoms and conditions that fall under perinatal mental illness – and dads can be affected too. If left untreated it can have a devastating effect on the whole family.
Everyone is affected by postpartum depression in different ways, but the main symptoms are:
● A persistently low mood
● A lack of interest in anything
● Constantly feeling tired
● Difficulty sleeping
● Finding it tough to bond with your baby
● Withdrawing from life with family and friends
● Problems concentrating on simple tasks
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you speak to someone about the way you are feeling as soon as possible. Doctors, therapists, local support groups, family members, and friends are all there for you to talk to. By sharing your issues and feelings with supportive people, you will start to feel better. It’s important to take steps to improve your postpartum depression.
2. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
It may seem simplistic, but if you have a healthy body, your mind will feel healthier, too. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, regular exercise improves your mood, boosts your self-esteem, and relieves tension.
Having a healthy, balanced diet can help you to feel more positive, too. Eating meals full of good fats (like those found in lamb and avocado), and high-energy protein foods (such as salmon and pulses), will give you more energy and help you to feel more positive.
Having a newborn baby in the house can be hectic, but by making the effort to plan out your meals, write up a shopping list, and research local exercise classes, you will push yourself to have a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Going to local parent-and-baby swimming sessions can help you to battle postpartum depression, too. By supporting your baby through simple exercises in the water, your bond with your child will grow, and you will both get a gentle exercise session.
3. Remember You’re an Individual
When you become a parent, it can feel like society has labelled you and that you’ve lost the identity you had before you had a baby. But it’s important to remember that you’re an individual, not just a parent. Box off time in your diary to catch up with friends, have a date night with your partner, or even just time to relax on your own.
If you don’t make a note to do simple activities like these, it’s likely that you’ll fill that time with doing extra housework or something else that’s just as tasking. So, remember to make that note in your diary and put yourself first from time-to-time.
4. Get the Right Support
Whether you decide to find a local support group, speak to a doctor, or take up gentle exercise, keep track of your moods and make sure you’re speaking to someone about your problems and doing something that will make you feel better.
Swimming can also be hugely beneficial to you and your baby. From helping you to bond with your child, to giving you a gentle work-out, swimming lessons will help you both to develop and feel better.
BIO : Puddle Ducks teach independent swimming from birth, creating safe and fun environments for families to bond.