How to Deal with Postnatal Depression?
Are you a new mum? Many Congratulations! Also, all the best for a journey of new motherhood! You may be wondering that why do you need all the best? Apart from caring for your newborn and handling baby stuff, you may have to deal with postnatal depression, a type of depression which new mother experiences after childbirth. Yes, you read it right! 70-80 % of all new mothers experience depression after having a baby. You may experience negative feelings, severe mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, poor concentration or a sense of sadness that doesn’t go away but giving a signal for a start of the postpartum depression. Before this depression become long-lasting, it is better to manage it.
Keep on reading to get an answer for a thought that may be striking your mind now- How can you deal with postnatal depression, naturally?
Tell Your Friends and Family-
No doubt, becoming a new mum can cause a dramatic shift in your life from the previous world; this doesn’t mean you have to stop spending time with your friends and family. Instead, find time to get out and socialize. Rather than trying to diagnose your depression on your own, meet your friends and family or call them to visit you and get some support. Remember, with the right help, you will feel better and negative feelings become less frightening.
Eat A Well-Balanced Diet-
Breastfeeding mum needs to keep her energy levels up and this may be achieved by eating well. Be little selfish for your health. Take care of yourself too. Eat nutritious healthy foods with lots of fruits and vegetables, regularly. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to promote mental health. So, consuming omega 3s rich foods such as salmon, chia seeds, flaxseeds, or walnuts can be helpful.
Exercise for A While-
Exercise is a good way to deal with depression after giving birth. No one is asking you to run a marathon but a simple walking or swimming can even improve mood and promote an overall well-being. Do you know any mother-baby exercise classes in your nearby area? “Yes”! Don’t you think, joining the classes there can give some positive effects? Moreover, it will boost your social life too.
Get Enough Rest-
It is really hard to get enough sleep when you are having a newborn child. But, don’t hesitate to ask for some help from your partner or other family members and get support for some night feeds to a baby so that you can have a little longer rest. If you get some free time in a day when your baby is sleeping then utilise that time and do something you enjoy. Whether it’s listening to music, watching a movie or reading a book, always do whatever makes you happy in your free time.
Avoid Drinking and Smoking-
Do you have bad habits such as drinking or smoking? If so, then it’s time to say “No” to these habits. Consuming alcohol or drugs may make you feel better initially but remember, it can make depression worse later. So, before such habits cause health complications, it is good to quit them. After all, it is always better to take prevention!
Meet New Mums-
What is better than meeting a person with the same problem and sharing ideas to cope with it? Nobody can help you better than a person (new mum) who is at the same place in their life like you! Go out in children’s centre such as baby massage or child healthcare centre and try to make connections with new mums. Share your experiences or feelings with each other. Know, what they are doing to deal with postnatal depression. Chances are those ways can prove beneficial for you as well.
Becoming a parent is a blessing! Your newborn baby is adding meaning to your life and this happiness becomes double when you say goodbye to negative thoughts! So, follow above-described easy and simple ways to deal with postnatal depression and enjoy the precious time.
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