When I was in late pregnancy, one of my fears was getting Postnatal Depression. Previously, I have briefly suffered from depression, so I had a teeny tiny insight into it and I never want to feel like that again.
I was very lucky and never suffered from Postnatal Depression but after having a baby, your hormones are all over the place and ‘baby blues’ are very common. It takes a while for all your hormones to settle and I still have some down days now. I think it doesn’t help with the mixture of sleepless nights and teething babies!
I am by no means a professional, nor can I understand how bad it can be for some mummies, however, I did think that I would share some of my tips on how I can make myself feel better:
1. Talking - yeah I am going to say the cheesy line ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. I always tell Chris when I feel down, otherwise you can say things that you don’t mean and then it can lead to an argument. Also, talking to friends and other mummies always helps, as it makes you understand that you are not the only one to feel like this.
2. Listening to music - I find that putting on music really loud and dancing round the house like a complete idiot can give you instant happiness and Jackson finds it hilarious!
3. Making your baby laugh - hearing Jackson’s laugh has got to be one of the best things. I love the way the way he laughs with his whole face.
4. Hot bath - this can only happen in the evenings when Chris is around to take care of Jackson. I run the bath at a temperature that I can only just cope with. As a self-confessed Lush fanatic, I use one of their bath bombs (that alone is satisfying) then I lay in the bath until my fingers have gone wrinkly.
5. YouTube - this may seem a strange one for some people but I search for some of my favourite bloggers and watch them cope with real life situations and again it makes you see that you're not alone in life’s struggles.
6. Write a blog - the Internet is such a good place to express your feelings. Even if you don’t want to publish it, just writing things down really helps. I often write blog posts that I don’t end up publishing!
7. One of my favourites is a cuddle - this can be from Jackson, hubby and/or the puppies!
I hope this helps you and would love to hear how you make yourselves feel better.
Love Sophia xx