Postpartum depression is a serious mental health disorder that occurs in women after childbirth. It is also known as post-natal depression.
It comes with a lot of emotional, physical and hormonal changes and its symptoms might include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability and difficulty in bonding with the baby.
If left untreated, the condition may last for months or much longer. Treatment of postpartum depression can include counselling, antidepressants or hormone therapy.
To cope with postpartum depression on a daily basis, here are six things that may help.
Bond with your baby
Spend more time with your baby and create an emotional attachment with your baby.
Do not let the depression get in the way of you spending time with your baby as studies have shown that when babies have an emotional bond with their mothers, it helps their cognitive ability.
It would also help you because it would make you happier.
Talk to someone
As the saying goes, a problem shared is half solved. It is advisable to talk to your partner, best friend, mother, sister or anyone close to you. Even though the person might not be able to give a solution, it’s a relief when someone understands you, can listen to you and help to ease your sorrow.
Take care of yourself
It is best that you take care of yourself and try your best to enjoy life. It might be taking a nap in the middle of the day, soaking yourself in the bathtub for hours or anything else, as long as it is something that brings you succour or you enjoy doing.
Take time to rest
It is important to take a break from stressful activities and make time for yourself to rest, relax and recline. It would go a long way in helping you deal with your depression.
Numerous studies have shown that exercise can help prevent and treat postpartum depression. You do not have to do a rigorous exercise. It can be something as basic as taking a walk or a going on a quick jog.
If you have tried the tips above and you still need help, it is advisable to go see a psychotherapist or join a support group.
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