If you’re reading this then there’s a chance that you might be looking for ways to help with postnatal depression. What I have here is a toolkit. It’s a survival guide, advice page, suggestion list, whatever name you want to give it. But it’s aim is to help someone get through postnatal depression!
Some of what I’ll cover here will also help with depression in general. This is basically a landing page for all the other pages that contains the advice. This is a growing list, so what you see here now might not be the same in three months time. But here’s what I have thus far:
I also have a post on 10 Quick Self Care Tips that you may find useful.
Postnatal Depression Toolkit
Basically what I aim to do here is provide people with a comprehensive list of things to try to help beat postnatal depression. Some of these things are geared more towards the dads, some more towards the mothers and obviously some for everyone in general. Not everything here will apply to you, and some may not even work when you try them the first time. But I’m just trying to give you something to try. I really just want to help people get through this like I did. But postnatal depression doesn’t have a quick fix.
It will take time, determination, some support and a lot of effort. But you can do it! I’ve cycled through many things to help with my postnatal depression, and I still have to do things every day to help keep it at bay.
Why I Want to Suggest so Many Ways to Help with Postnatal Depression
Postnatal depression, and depression in general, is a complex, multi-faceted puzzle that needs to be approached from as many angels as you can manage. It’s a little bit like your goal is to reach 100%, and you need as many percentage points, from as many places, as you can get, to reach that goal. Maybe one thing will give you 2%. Maybe another will give you 7%. But if you keep adding those small numbers, you will get to 100% (or as close as anyone can actually get).
I think people often see one thing as the solution to their problems. They see medication as 100%, but in fact it may only be a small part of your recovery. For me, I know I need to incorporate as many things as I can. They all help support each other. If my diet fails, then that’s just one hole in the dam, but everything else is holding it together. Here’s an example of what I mean when it comes to having a support structure:
I hope that makes sense. As you can see, my diet and exercise are the main things that keep me together. If they fall then I know I’m going to struggle. Then you have all the little things that mount up to something bigger. With this postnatal depression toolkit I hope to supply you with a bunch of things that can help you build up a picture of what works for you.
I’ve left off more obvious things like my wife, money, general health and other big things like that. Of course if my wife died, or I became bankrupt, or had a terminal illness, then maybe a lot of this would be futile.
I will try to add more as I go along, this will be something that will build as time goes. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to sit and write out all of these in one go. And I’m constantly finding new ways that work for me, and also work for others.