Baby Fever? How To Deal With Baby Blues
Postpartum depression affects a large majority of child-bearing people in a very serious way. Today, we're talking about how to kick the baby blues.
Becoming a mom can be the happiest moment of your life, but sometimes it’s not that simple. Baby Blues are real, and some women deal with feelings of despair and sadness after giving birth. There are ways to kick away these feelings, but you have to start with identifying them first. It’s like the age-old saying “You can’t fix the problem until you acknowledge that there is a problem.” This can even be a hard step for most women. Sometimes you can’t put into words how you are feeling, but you feel sad. Well… “sad” is a good place to start. The reason I say this is because a lot of actions and “feelings” stem from a simple feeling of sadness.
If you find yourself feeling bad for no reason or sad for every reason after you have welcomed your new baby into the world, chances are you have a case of the Baby Blues. It’s quite common, and there are things you can do to lessen the Baby Blue blows.
1. Talk to a professional about it.
You don’t have to go at it alone. There are professionals who can help you get through your Baby Blues. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about getting a referral to someone they may know, or you can go online yourself and search for someone to help you.
2. Have your support system help you.
Don’t leave your immediate support system out of the loop. They need to know what’s going on so they can help you get better and help you with your new baby.
3. Take time to hang out with your old friends.
Seeing your old friends you may have lost touch with will help you feel like your old self again. If you were happy before you may be jolted back into your “happy.” Spending time regularly with your social group may just be what the doctor ordered.
4. Treat yourself to a Mommy Makeover.
Hire a team to pamper you! No, I’m serious. You don’t even have to leave your home to do so. Businesses like Mobile Styles provide an amazing service where you can download the app, browse the 26 services offered, choose from a ton of health and beauty professionals, and wait while they come to your door. You can choose one, two, or even more services. I highly recommend getting a team of professionals who can make you look good and feel good -- that includes a makeup artist, hair stylist, massage therapist, etc.
5. Share your story with other moms.
Be vocal about your experience. Bonding with other moms who are possibly going through or have gone through a similar situation can be very helpful. You’ll receive a level of understanding that others may not be able to give, and it will help you feel better in the long run.
Dealing with the Baby Blues can be more manageable than you think. These tips are just the beginning of getting a handle on your feelings. The important thing to remember is that you aren’t the only one who has felt this way before, and you can always do something to help fight it. Once you do, you’ll find yourself getting back to the happier you!