How to overcome postnatal depression
Postnatal depression is not as rare as some people might think. Approximately 20 percent of mothers experience some form of it. It happens due to the fast hormonal changes and lifestyle changes that occur after the birth of a baby. Sadly, due to the stigma associated with mental illness, a lot of women don’t realize the signs and don’t seek treatment. If you want to overcome postnatal depression, try these things.
* Talk about It – The more you talk about the problems you’re facing with people you trust, the better. You can’t deal with this on your own. You must tell your friends and family so they know to watch out for you and to support you.
* Rest – Ask your friends and family to help you with the baby so that you can get plenty of rest. One thing that can bring on depression is a lack of sleep. Your body must have sleep, not only to function but also to repair itself after birth.
* Eat Right – The right food will help you keep your energy levels up. Try to eat the most healthy and nutritious food possible, which is not as hard as you think. You can pop a pre-washed sweet potato or a steamable bag of vegetables in the microwave and eat within minutes.
* Exercise – Yes, even though you just had a baby and you aren’t sleeping enough, you should take up exercise of some kind as soon as possible. If the weather is agreeable, you can put the baby in their stroller and go for a nice walk.
* Don’t Isolate Yourself – It’s tempting to isolate yourself after you have a baby. Everything is so messy, you have so much paraphernalia to carry, and you never know what mood the baby will be in. But the truth is, being around people will make you feel better. Go to your neighborhood park and meet new moms.
* Take Help When Offered – People are going to offer you help, and you’re going to want to turn them down. But regardless of what you think, you’re not superwoman. Take the help. Your spouse will be happy you did and you’ll be happy you did. If people want to bring casseroles for dinner, let them.
You can help yourself with postnatal depression but if these things don’t work, seek professional help from your doctor. When you go to your doctor for your six-weeks check-up, tell them what is going on and they’ll be able to recommend a professional to help.