Having a baby is a major life changing event in a woman's life, and with that can cause different emotion and physical changes. Postpartum depression and anxiety can be a result of learning to handle a new baby and the changes to your body's hormones that occur. Postpartum anxiety and depression can cause you to withdraw from others, and cause insomnia, lack of appetite, and not wanting to touch or take care of your new baby. Here are some ways you can get help to treat your postpartum anxiety and depression and get feeling better.
Get Some Outside Socialization
Many women suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety will begin to shows signs of their illness by not wanting to leave the house. As your own postpartum issues increase you may become so withdrawn, you avoid talking and interacting with others and answering your phone. Ironically, socializing with others is a way to actually help you feel better.
Even though you may live with your partner or another adult family member, you may withdraw yourself from your life so much that you don't get the interaction with them that can help improve your mood. Socializing with another person outside your home can help you feel better, and you can get it from talking with the cashier at the grocery store, or visiting your neighbor for a few minutes. You can get some outside socialization by going to a church activity, making a lunch date with a friend, or better yet, joining a support group for new moms.
Seek Therapy and Counseling
Another way to help resolve your postpartum problems is to talk to your doctor about what you are dealing with and enroll in therapy for women. They can give you information about a local counselor who will be able to help you feel better from your postpartum issues. Once you have begun talking to your counselor, they can help you sort out and realize the many emotions you are experiencing and why you have begun to have some of the thoughts and feelings. In mild postpartum cases, therapy from a professional counselor is helpful alone, but you can also talk to them about helpful medication.
Your counselor can also give you info about local support groups where you can meet with other mothers also dealing with postpartum issues and talk about what you are going through. A support group gives you the emotional support you need and boosts your time with outside socialization to further help you feel better.
Use these tips to help you get feeling better when dealing with postpartum after having a baby.
After developing a chronic physical illness, I soon began realizing that the disease plagued my mind almost more than it did my body. While my illness is not life-threatening, it was very difficult accepting that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life and eat a strict diet. After a year of depression, I finally overcame my fear of "exposing" my feelings to others and made an appointment with a mental health counselor. With her help, I was able to see the "silver linings" in life that I had greatly taken for granted before I became ill. I now encourage anyone who is battling an illness of any type to seek the psychological help they need. I plan to post lots of little mental health tips and tricks on my new blog along with advice for choosing a good counselor. Please come back soon!