I think we both need some support. What is sometimes unaired or not shown to us, was finally shown through the Motherhood brand, Frida. The brand aired an uncensored commercial about the many thoughts and struggles women go through while breastfeeding. There was an ultimate truth that was laid out in the showing of what motherhood can truly be like, and it reminded us that as mothers we can all go through postpartum depression. In fact, 1 out of 9 women will go through this in their lifetime. Often, there aren’t many resources to cope. Here are 6 ways we deal with postpartum depression and start to dig ourselves out of the hole. And if you’re feeling a little down or disconnected, watch the video here or below.
6 Ways to Help if You’re Feeling Blue
1) Write in a Journal
One way to fight depression and the baby blues is to write in a journal. Get those feelings down and write down your thoughts. It will take a lot of stress off of you and make you feel happier. Remember, you do not have to share this journal with anyone.
If you do have a moment or two, remember to take the time to exercise. It allows your body to release endorphins, which allow you to have a more positive outlook on life. Listen to the music that you love and try and find an enjoyable exercise to do. That’ll make you feel a lot better.
3) Make an Effort to Socialize with Your Friends
Talk to your friends however you can. We know this is super difficult because of the pandemic, but try and call them so that they may be able to lift your spirits. You are not alone and many people feel this way from time to time.
4) Create a Routine
Creating a routine for yourself will make sure that you get out there and experience life. You will be less likely to lie in bed all day. Start off with a smaller list and get bigger. What do you want to accomplish tomorrow or the next day? You have to make an effort to change some of your habits.
Another way to treat depression is to go see a therapist. When you have a one-on-one session with a therapist, they can help you understand depression better and teach you about ways you can cope with depression. You can be completely open and honest with your counselor. They are there to help you and in no way judge you.
6) Don’t give up
We know that you may feel hopeless right now like you’re never going to get any better like you can’t break the thought pattern you’re having. But if you give yourself time and allow your treatment to take effect, you will start to feel like you’re getting better again.