We love the idea of "New Year, New Me." Well, some of us do. According to YouGov 21% of us will set a New Year's Resolution this year, but the vast majority of us will fail. Within a week 21% of people will have already given up on their NYR. So, is there anything you can do to help keep it up? Of course there is, and that's what I aim to do with this blog post.
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.
So, this is your toolkit, survival guide, whatever name you want to give it, to help beat postnatal depression. Some of what I'll cover here will also help with depression in general. Here is the list of things I've covered so far, I'll admit there isn't a lot, but this is quite new, feel free [...]