Fighting Off Postpartum Depression
If you read my one month update then you know I have been trying to fight off baby blues and postpartum depression. Since I have let you in that much I wanted to go ahead and share some of the more natural ways that I am going to try to combat these moods and negative emotions. I am not against taking medication at all but opt for natural ways as solutions first. If you have been through something similar I would love your honest feedback on what did or didn’t work for you.
- I have somehow avoided yoga my whole life. Probably because I would rather run a few miles and still be attached to my phone than have to meditate. However, Tripp and I have done a lot of reading up on the positive affects that yoga has on your physical and mental health and I am totally convinced that we have to dive in. I really believe meditation will be a huge game changer for me. We are having a personal instructor come to our house to get us started because I am way too embarrassed to show up at a class in the shape I am in. When I talked to my OB about my anxiety, her first piece of advice was to try yoga. Give me all your yoga advice!
- I know that sugar plays a huge part in having anxiety and cutting it out is going to be so hard for me. If you have positive stories of how cutting sugar out of your diet helped your anxiety, please share because I really need the motivation. With nursing all day long I am so hungry and saying no to sugar is freaking hard. Especially at 5:00pm when I just want that glass of wine!
- This past year my dear friend Jessica Garvin got me hooked on essential oils. I know that they aren’t the answer to everything and I will openly admit that my first interest was just to make my house naturally smell like Anthropologie, but I have loved getting to use them for health reasons too. I could do twenty posts on that topic alone. There are a few oils that I am using that I swear have helped my sadness. Joy and Stress Away are two blends of oils that I have started using. If you want to know more on this send me a message and I will share more of my personal story with them.
- I’m committing to spend at least 30 minutes a day outside. No one warned me that winter babies came with such crazy cabin fever and that has not helped postpartum depression at all. Since Neeva was born it has been the coldest winter in like 30 years or something. I never realized how much I needed the sunshine and I swear I will never take it for granted again.
Ok, that’s my list so far. If you have any other natural ways that you have fought off anxiety please share them with me.
Thanks for letting me be real!
Picture by the talented Sara D Harper.