Things to Avoid with Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is overwhelming for many women. After all, this is supposed to be the greatest time in your life. That fact alone can only further complicate the condition for some. If you’re experiencing postpartum depression, it’s important to seek help immediately. There are some things you can do on your own to help stop the anxiety, though. Take a look:
- Stay Away From Frightening Material: Whether it’s the news, a horror movie, or even a terrifying book, frightening material will edge its way inside your head and you may not be able to dump it. In fact, you may be convinced that horrible story you hear on the news that occurred six states away is going to happen to you next. If at all possible, keep it out of your head.
- Too Many Activities: It’s easy to get overscheduled these days, but this is not the time to be there. Your health is more important, so don’t overschedule. Don’t stress about the house, the laundry, dinner, or mom and baby classes. Give yourself as little to do as possible so you can’t stress over each one.
- Destructive Thoughts: You are not a bad person. You are not a bad mother. Avoiding these kinds of thoughts entirely means you’re not playing into your illness and making it worse.
- People Who Don’t Support You: It can be your mother-in-law or a friend from down the street, but no matter who it is, if they’re being judgmental about you or your illness, you don’t need to be around them. A support group may help.
- Not Getting Help: You have to get help for your postpartum depression now. Don’t procrastinate any longer. It could lead to serious long term health problems for you and baby.
Postpartum depression may not have been what you expected when you delivered, but dealing with it now is a far better choice than letting it go.