A year ago, I shared something very personal and not often talked about in the hopes that it would help another woman on her new journey into motherhood. It made me feel extremely vulnerable, yet empowered at the same time. Looking back and reading my post over again, I can see how far I’ve come and how much has changed since that day.
When I wrote this post about dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety last year, I thought I was through the fog completely but I realize now that, even then, I wasn’t. I was certainly on my way but I wasn’t there just yet. Today I can confidently say that I am back to myself again and am feeling great … just in time to have another baby haha! Maybe it’ll happen again and maybe it won’t, but either way I am prepared to deal with whatever comes my way.
After having been there and back, I wanted to think of some things that helped me get through and persevere even when I just wanted to curl up in bed all day long and watch horrible daytime soap operas. So here’s my list!
- I was lucky to have been invited by a sweet friend to join a group of new mamas for weekly playdates. Just getting out of the house and surrounding myself with other women who were going through the same things that I was at the time was really helpful. I won’t lie, each time I was getting ready to go, I felt extremely anxious and felt like I just wanted to stay at home alone (some days I caved and did just that) but I’m glad that I managed to go most days because it helped!
- Vitamin D helps! It’s amazing what a few minutes of sitting in the sun can do for your mood! Or if it’s the middle of winter, even sitting by a sunny window can help. A Vitamin D supplement can also work wonders or this Stress Relief Complex. Don’t be afraid to seek alternate options to medicine.
- Get back to your hobbies! Playing hockey again was huge for me. When I’m on the ice, I’m just me. Even just being able to take a few minutes to take a hot bath or read a chapter in a book. Something that allows you to be nothing but yourself and doesn’t ask you to be more.
- Take care of your health. Eat well. Supplement if you’re not getting all of the nutrients that you need. Not only will it help you feel better NOW, but it will help you for the future. You can’t look back 20 years from now and say “Geez I wish I would have taken better care of myself 20 years ago.” It’ll be too late, so do it NOW!
- Fake a smile. Even when you feel like crying. Just smile and keep smiling until you don’t have to fake it any more.
- Don’t be afraid to talk about it. You aren’t the only one who feels this way and there will be more after you. Don’t give it power over you, own it and overcome it by taking control.
Do you have any tips that helped you through Postpartum Depression? I’d love to hear them!
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