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Byline: Miriam Stoppard

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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