SELF-HELP HOW TO OVERCOME POSTNATAL DEPRESSION.
If you're feeling low, there are a number of things you can try:
1 Believe in recovery - convince yourself that you'll get better, no matter how much time it takes.
2 Tackle severe exhaustion, made worse by lack of potassium in your body by eating potassium-rich foods like bananas and tomatoes.
3 Rest as much as possible. Being tired definitely makes depression worse so catnap during the day and get someone to help with night feeds.
4 Eat a proper diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try not to snack or binge on chocolate, sweets, and biscuits. Eat little and often but don't go on a diet.
5 Take gentle exercise. Give yourself a rest from being indoors by getting out of the house and walking in the fresh air to lift your spirits.
6 Avoid major upheavals Don't start a new job, move house or redecorate.
7 Try not to worry about aches and pains - remember they will fade away as soon as you can relax.
8 Be kind to yourself. Don't force yourself to do things you don't want to.
9 Concern yourself with small, undemanding tasks and reward yourself when you finish them.
10 Talk about your feelings. Don't bottle up your anxieties. Talk to others, particularly your partner.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 23, 2012|
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