Many of you may not be aware but 1 in 7 moms has postpartum depression. This mental health issue is growing more popular with plenty of mothers speaking out about their experiences. I wanted to share a few ways on how mamas can manage postpartum depression, and always know they are never alone!
I could not have asked for better care before, during and after my sons birth. When I started to realize around 6 months postpartum that I was having mental health issues, I immediately contacted my OB office. They gave me a list of contacts and I started scheduling weekly therapy sessions. Therapy is never something you should be ashamed of. I find this block of time to be crucial and we discuss issues as to why I have these thoughts in my head, how to manage them and how to continue on a path of keeping the thoughts out of my mind.
Whether I am writing in a journal on my nightstand, or writing on my blog, I always make it a priority. Some days are better than others, and sometimes I really have nothing to say. I make it a habit to write out my thoughts and feelings, putting this from pen to paper releases any type of pent up energy and emotion. I was always told “never let anyone live in your head rent free”.
This can come in many different forms. A few great examples are; exercise, meditation, praying, retail therapy, spa day. My family is busy. It is so important for me to utilize my time alone. During the day I’m usually working or keeping my toddler entertained. Evening is when I focus on my blog. So I’m sure you’re asking “where does she ever have time to herself?!” Well it’s few and far between. BUT – I’ve made a commitment to be verbal in my needs. Mothers carry the burdens of every load on our shoulders, we deserve time to ourself.
Lastly, and most important, finding time to exercise. I’m usually very timid when it comes to group classes, so going on an hour walk is perfect for me to recharge. It’s best to find what works for you, what releases any toxins in your body and mind. A few great examples are; pilates, yoga, running, swimming, and kickboxing. Also be open to trying new things! I started working with a personal trainer after having my son and he introduced kickboxing. I thought to myself “what in the world is this?! I’m going to hurt myself!” but it turns out I LOVE it! Not only will exercise keep your heart healthy, it will keep your mind healthy.
I would love to know what other Mamas out there do to keep your mind and body healthy. Do you know the signs of postpartum depression? How do adjust your lifestyle to take care of your needs?