Last week, I wrote a post about postpartum depression some facts about it and how it infiltrated my life. I am not a doctor however I do think my that sharing my personal experience might help someone going through something similar. In this post, I will talk about some things that helped alleviate my PPD that did not involve medication or alcohol!
DO SMALL THINGS
1. Get your teeth whitened
Having a baby can take a toll on your teeth. Not only does the baby take your calcium but all the naps you took during the day without brushing your teeth can lead to yellowing, early gum disease and gingivitis. Take the time to get a cleaning and a teeth whitening so you love your smile again.
2. Homemade facial/body scrubs
Things you had tons of time to do before the baby seem to dwindle with your availability. You can make a homemade scrub and use it at night when the baby is sleeping. If gives you a confidence boost and makes your skin soft/smooth. I purchased resealable candle holder containers at Michaels and experimented with various cinnamon sugar scrubs.
3. Take a bubble bath
Bubble baths are for more than just relaxing your mind. Add some epsom salt in your bath to relax your aching muscles as well. I made monthly trips to lush cosmetics for their bath bombs and I made sure to sit in the tub at least once a week.
4. Pick up a hobby OUTSIDE of the house
Getting a hobby that requires you to leave the house is a sure way to get mandatory "you" time on a weekly basis. I picked up the violin. My classes were on Wednesdays in Williamsburg, and it was my mandatory escape from baby and spouse.
5. Pick up a hobby at home
As moms, in our downtime we usually think about how we don't have any time. Instead, pick up a hobby that doesn't require much mental capacity and can be done while watching TMZ. While I was home, I picked up candle and soap making. I bought all of the ingredients from Michaels from under $40 as able to gift some of the stuff I made. You can also do crocheting, sketching or create YouTube videos in your spare time.
6. Start a home DIY project
DIY projects give you a sense of accomplishment for something you completed on your own that you could be proud of. I hacked an Ikea table to have a chalkboard top. I also hacked a Billy bookcase to be my shoe closet.
DO THINGS FOR YOUR MENTAL
1. Start a journal of your feelings
Writing is relief. Sometimes writing is better than talking to someone. At times you just want to vent without having someone offer you a solution. Also with the journal you can document your progress over time!
2. Confide in your parents
Who better to talk to baby blues about than grandma and grandpa. They've been through it, they understand and won't judge you. An added bonus is they may have a solution to get baby to stop crying
3. Head to the library
The library is a great place to be alone with your thoughts. It's quiet! You can also pick up a few books to read during the week so that you always keep your mind working.
4. Get OFF of social media
There's nothing more depression than seeing a bunch of skinny ass fit bitches on social media while you wallow with your iPhone sitting on your stomach. Get off of social media, your idea of what a real person is warped by what you see. Feed your mind positivity!
PHYSICAL THINGS IF YOU MUST
1. Take it at your own pace
Not every woman will run 5 miles after having a baby. Your physical lifestyle changes don't have to be drastic or invasive on your current life.
2. Take the steps
Easier said than done. It is so tempting to jump in an elevator especially if it's sitting there calling your name but getting your heart pumping even if for 30 seconds is way better.
3. Crappe Frappe
I love Pepsi. I also love Starbucks. I have given both up before but you online live once. I know that I like to have one glass of Pepsi and a tall coffee. Most days I replace one or the other with water. My skin thanks me.
4. Busting 5 crunches a day
I can't tell you how many people laughed and ridiculed me when I posted that I do 5 crunches a day. This was more than a month ago. Now I can do 50 crunches in one sitting without stopping. Amazing what 5 crunches a day can do.
5. Go for a stroll
Talking a walk seems so simple but can help your physical being as well as your mental. Say hello to your neighbors or just admire some trees.
6. Baby bend over
Yoga is crucial to my life. For the most part, it's low maintenance and I'm not sweating bullets by the end. It takes me 25-30 minutes to do a complete yoga session although sometimes I just do stretching. Mornings that I don't do yoga, my body is stiff and achy. Yoga assists me with the various pains I garnered after having the epidural. It's also pretty impressive to your spouse when you show him that new leg over head trick you've been working on.