How To Overcome Postpartum Depression
It is totally possible to overcome postpartum depression. How do I know this? Because I was once where you are right now.
Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in bad habits but by changing just a few simple things in your day it can really make a difference to how you feel.
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 roundabout but eventually you end up at your destination.
It’s no secret that antidepressants can help you overcome postpartum depression.
However, there are also things you can do in addition to the medication to help your recovery run smoother (and faster!)
It takes a lot of hard work to get better – but it’s worth it in the end.
If only we could take the pills and be instantly well again that would be ace!
It is not unusual for new mothers to suffer with mental health issues during pregnancy and after giving birth. Many new mums suffer mood swings and have feelings of sadness.
However, it can be more than just the baby Blues. If you’d like more information about postpartum depression and it’s symptoms you can read more here What is Postpartum Depression? Symptoms & Treatments.
A List of Things That Can 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 it’s all well and good telling people to exercise but it’s not like you have time to join a gym as a new mum!
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 can even take along that apple and eat it on a park bench – double bonus points.
Research has shown that walking can be really beneficial to help with depression. You could even set your self a little challenge everyday by doing more steps that the previous. Most phones these days can track your steps for you.
If it’s cold out (like it often is in sunny old England) then you could try my favourite way to get a bit of exercise. Dance!
I don’t mean like full on ballroom dancing so don’t worry! What I did was stick on some music in the house and dance about like an idiot for for baby (yes I probably looked a wally!).
Also, as he got a bit bigger, 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 and is happy to join in!
Also, listening to music has been proven to help improve your mood so find out your best tunes and get listening.
If you need a little inspiration why not checkout my Mummy It’s OK Playlist on Spotify.
3. Rest & Sleep
You’ve heard it before ‘Sleep when your baby sleeps’. The most annoying advice given to new mums everywhere – but true.
However, this is the best advice I can offer you.
So forget your to-do-list it’s more important for your baby to have a rested mummy than the pile of ironing done.
You and your baby 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’re not super woman you can’t do it all.
No one can do everything it’s impossible – postpartum depression has nothing to do with it!
Some days it’s tough to even do the basics so just focus on those that matter.
If you haven’t managed to get dressed today – who cares!?
Is your baby fed and healthy and happy? Have you had that apple and a cup of tea?
Great you’re doing amazing!
Be realistic about what you can achieve.
5. Ask Loved Ones For Help
This is a hard step, one of the hardest I won’t lie.
It’s 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.
Emotional support really is a key factor in recovering from postpartum depression.
Don’t let your anxiety and stress build up until it boils over, talk to someone about how are feeling.
If someone 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!
6. Practice Some Self care
One thing that I found helped greatly was writing down how I felt. It was such a relief to just unload all my mental baggage here on my blog.
You could write your
thoughts and feelings down in a journal if you don’t fancy blogging about it, this self care daily playbook is perfect for this and is the one I have been using myself.
Try to treat yourself once in a while even if it’s just something simple like getting the hubby to watch the baby so you can have a lovely bubble bath.
How I Practice The Above To Help With My Recovery From Postpartum Depression
I know it can be difficult trying to achieve all of the above that’s why I use WW (formerly weight-watchers). They have lots of ace stuff to help you achieve all of the above.
WW is not just for weight loss. They also have sections for activity and mindset. The activity section has personalised fitness goals for you – my favourite at the minute is the 30 mins walk – nice and simple to start with.
For the mindset section they have mindfulness exercise from Headspace you can listen to.
I love listening to the one that’s falling heavy rain – I find it really relaxing.
Come join me on Headspace so we can practice some self care together.
Mummy It’s OK – You’re Doing Great!
If you are looking for more information on postpartum depression these posts can help.
- The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale – PPD Questionnaire
- List Of Mother and Baby Units UK
- Will My Postpartum Depression Ever Go Away?
- 5 Ways To Minimise Your Risk Of Postpartum Depression