Overcoming Postpartum Depression: A Guide for New Mothers

January 24, 2024
Soulside Team

Hi mama, Imagine this: you just got back from hospital with your new baby, but instead of feeling happy, you're overwhelmed and anxious. You're struggling to cope with early momhood, and you feel stressed and depressed. Unfortunately, this is the sad story of every new mom coping with postpartum depression.

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The realization that postpartum depression can be different from what we might expect

It's common to have heard about postpartum depression and anxiety, but it can be really tough to admit to yourself that you're facing these struggles. After all, there's this belief that people with depression are always upset and crying, right? You might feel angry and resentful instead. You're frustrated with your husband for sleeping nicely while you're up all night with the baby, or for getting to leave for work while you're at home with the fussy baby. You might also be jealous of other mamas who have a strong support system, while you feel isolated and alone. It can seem like everyone else is getting help and support except for you. You may even be frustrated with yourself for finding it difficult to soothe or breastfeed your baby as easily as you thought you would. You know you should be thankful for your loving family, but these negative emotions can be difficult to ignore.

Overcoming postpartum depression is a process that requires patience and self-compassion. Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Prioritize self-care: Are you sleeping well and eating well? Make sure to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and some exercise or yoga when possible. You need to take care of yourself first in order to take care of your baby.  
  2. Build a support system: Surround yourself with family, friends, and other new mothers who can offer emotional support and practical help. We see the emotional challenges of motherhood, and we're always here to support you. Click to join
  3. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and recognize that it is normal to feel overwhelmed and uncertain as a new mother.
  4. Find ways to bond with your baby: Breastfeeding, physical contact can help build the bond between you and your little one and of course improve your overall emotional health.
  5. Don't hesitate to seek professional help: If your symptoms don't go away, seek help from a mental health professional. Treatment options may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

If you're a postpartum mama who is struggling, know that you are not alone. It's very normal and humane to experience these emotions and this doesn't define your entire life. Remember that you are a great mom, and with the right support and tools, you can start feeling yourself again.


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