I'm suggesting another thing that may not work for everyone, but it's something that personally worked somewhat for me, so I'm going to talk about it. This one, as you can probably guess from the title, is about attachment parenting. What is Attachment Parenting? So, attachment parenting is basically a form of parenting where you [...]
When it comes to depression, it's incredibly important to have a place to be able to talk openly and honestly about how you are feeling. You have to be able to find support from others who have been where you are or empathise with your situation. The only problem is, that it's often a very hard thing to open up in front of others, face to face. Or maybe, perhaps, there isn't anywhere a person feels like they can go to where they can open up, and talking to their family isn't something they feel comfortable with either. That's where the internet comes in.
For me, yoga combines two things that I find incredibly beneficial to mental health: exercise and meditation. Not only that, but it's something that I initially sucked at. Don't get me wrong, I'm not super good now; I can do a few poses quite well, but I still watch in awe at some of the things seasoned pros can do.
When it comes to talking about how you feel, it's important that you start by simply labelling the emotions you are feeling. Just saying "I feel stressed" can start the ball rolling and get you talking about where you may feel that stress is coming from, and how you can go about addressing the issue. If you want a simple way of putting it, just go with this: Name it to tame it.
I said on the Postnatal Depression Toolkit page that not everything being covered is going to be applicable to everyone. This is one of those suggestions that is aimed more at the fathers who are suffering from PND than the mothers. So if you are a mother in all this, then feel free to pick another option. Or you may be concerned about your partner, in which case, there may be something here for you to read.
If you're reading this then there's a chance that you might be looking for ways to help with postnatal depression. This is a toolkit, or survival guide, advice page, whatever name you want to give it. But it's aim is to help beat postnatal depression! Some of what I'll cover here will also help with [...]
We were never supposed to do this alone. Raising a child was something that the whole tribe likely would have taken a role in. And as for the mother, she would've been surrounded by others who had either been there before, or ones who were in the same boat as she was. My point being, if you're struggling because you're doing this on your own, then it's because you were never supposed to.