As you would have read in an earlier article about the symptoms of Postpartum depression, here are a few pointers on how to get over it with a few effective tips that actually work!
Why don't you read through our tips, and if it helps, pass it on to someone like you. Remember, a little kindness goes a long way!
Tips to help with Postpartum Depression
- Firstly and most importantly, create a secure attachment with your baby. In the case that you are suffering from PPD (Postpartum Depression), it is quite probable that you would not be feeding your baby your milk. The most effective way to ensure a strong bond with your newborn is to feed him or her your breast milk. Not only does it contain the rich nutrient supplements your baby needs, it also creates a deep bonding between you and your child.
- Learn to ask help and support from people who love you, especially in situations you can’t cope. If you are feeling negative thoughts, tell someone who cares and that will help you out a lot.
- Take good care of yourself. Get someone to help you with housework. Get rid of the extra pounds you gained during pregnancy, by doing regular exercise and when you get your pre-pregnancy figure back, so will your confidence.
- Spend as much time with your baby, filtering out the negative thoughts that may come in at that time. Learn to control the thoughts that come into your mind.
- Relax your mind by doing Yoga or some meditation that will replace dark and brooding thoughts with positive reinforcements.
- Make sure you get plenty of sleep. If the baby wakes up during your nap times, let your partner or someone who supports you take care of the child while you sleep. If you sleep well, you will be fresh and alert when you wake.
- Make sure you don't skip out on any meal. Have plenty of nutrient rich food, especially if you are breast feeding your little one. The quality of your milk depends on the quality of your diet.
- Don't always stay indoors. Get out in the sun, go for a walk, or just sit in the porch just soaking the sun in. Exposure to sunlight can increase the level of Vitamin D, hence its good for your immunity as well. Just don't get sunburn!
- Share your feelings with your partner and don't blame anyone for anything, including yourself. Try to build up relationships rather than tearing them apart.
- Make sure you get some alone time with your partner. Having a baby can sometimes take up all the attention. Even the attention your spouse deserves. Spend time together, just the both of you.
- If none of these tips work, then refer yourself to a good Psychiatrist who can give you Antidepressants. But do not try to be the doctor and treat yourself, unless you really are a registered practitioner yourself.
- Family counseling as well as family therapy can also help you as you will be able to share your problems as well as understand how your spouse would want to help you out.
These are just a few tips on how to overcome baby blues, and I’m sure there are myriads more. But these certainly worked out for me when I had my first baby, so I hope it will work out for you too!