3 Tips For Post-Partum Mental Health
As moms, we all have days that we absolutely want to pull our hair out and hide under the covers. It is inevitable. For those of us that have been diagnosed with post-partum anxiety and/or depression, those days may be worse and closer together. I am abundantly thankful for an fantastic nurse practitioner that gave me some awesome advice to try to help those mental health issues as part of our treatment plan. I have tweaked those pieces of advice to make them my own and share with you! While they may seem like very small changes and no-brainer things to do, they will make a world of difference!
#1. Find what you like and stick with it!
As moms, our time becomes all wrapped up in our child’s needs. We tend to forget that we have things that we like to do and that we need to devote some time to ourselves, as well. While we may need to slightly adjust our new hobbies, it is important that we DO have hobbies! It is okay to be a mommy and have me time! For me, this has been blogging. I desperately wish that I would have started blogging before I had my son, but I am so excited to have finally found something that I can do for myself and that works around my son’s schedule.
#2. Get your thoughts out!
Whether you like to write or talk or draw, get those thoughts out. Personally, when my anxiety is out of control, it helps me to talk. I realize that my anxious thoughts are completely irrational, but talking it out gets them out of my mind so that I can go on with my life! What’s even better is having mommy friends to share your honest thoughts with. While your non-mommy friends are amazing, sometimes they just can’t quite fully understand what you’re going through. Start communicating with your mommy friends or find yourself a new mommy community and your mind will thank you.
#3. Get out of the freakin’ house!
At least twice a week, get out of the house! It is hard with a baby, we all know that, but it is so important. Sitting in the same four walls could drive anyone mad, add a crying baby to the mix and you are sure to go insane. Take a walk, go to your local park and watch the birds, visit your friends and family, or go to the library. All of these things are baby friendly activities and can be done for FREE. Being a broke, new parent is no excuse, get out and do something. It doesn’t have to be much, but just having a change of scenery will make your feel worlds better.
Mental health issues are real and should be addressed right away. Don’t wait! If you think you are suffering from post-partum depression or anxiety, seek medical attention right away.
I am not a medical professional, nor am I trying to give medical advice. I am just a mom hoping to help other moms in conjunction with a plan set forth by their doctor!