5 Things That Have Helped My Postpartum Depression
As most of you know, I’ve had postpartum depression since having Harper in November. It’s been something that has taken a lot to get through, for both me and my family. Since Harper hasn’t been as fussy, I’ve been feeling way better. That doesn’t mean that I still don’t have off days, or that I’m 100%. I am improving, and to me that’s the most important part and something I’m proud of. I’ve taken the pressure off myself to be perfect and accept that it is a process to feel normal again and I will eventually get there. Below I will list the 5 things that have helped me during my struggles with postpartum depression.
Workout - I’ve found this to help so much, on the days that I workout I feel so great. I started doing the BBG workouts through the Sweat app and I love them. They are super short which works with the kids. On days that I’m sore or extra tired I usually will try to at least do yoga (Owen loves to “play yoga” with me). Having that time to focus on myself makes such a difference, especially when I’m overwhelmed.
Taking Baths - Having that time to myself is honestly so amazing. Especially when you are home with two kids all day, having some quiet time with no one talking is amazing. I don’t go on my phone, I just sit, relax and enjoy the silence, or I will read a book!
Reading - I am a huge fan of reading. I know it isn’t for everyone, but getting lost in a book is the best mental escape for me. It’s something to focus on and keep my mind busy, so I don’t overthink too much. So, when I am having a especially bad day I will pick up a book and turn my brain off for a bit.
Focus On Your Hobbies - This may have been the best thing that has helped me. Focusing on writing on my blog, and learning to take pictures for my instagram have been one of the best things I could have done for myself. Not only does it make me super happy, but it also keeps my mind busy. Plus, I truly believe that we all need something outside of just being a Mom so we don’t lose who we are. I’m so lucky I found such a passion in my blog and my instagram. So find something you are passionate about, and stick to it. You will feel better focusing on doing stuff for yourself that you love doing.
Surround Yourself With Positive People - It is so important to have a few people you can depend on to brighten your mood. I’ve been very selective on who I’m very close with, because the people you around the most is who you will end up being most like. That being said, especially during a time where you aren’t yourself, it's important to be around people that will bring you up. Take a break from the negative people, and spend this time around with the positive people in your life. You have don’t have to deal with negative/mentally draining people, especially when you are working on yourself.
These are just the things that I’ve found work for me. We are all different, and we all struggle in different ways. I really hope at least of these help if you are struggling with postpartum depression, or help you feel better on your down days. Thank you so much for reading!