5 ways to maintain your mental health after a baby
As we recognise World Mental Health Day it is important to take a moment and discuss what this means for a new Mumma. Many new mums suffer alone for many reasons, one partially due to the fear of being seen as failing. Being a mum is one of the most amazing roles in life, but it can be very stressful and exhausting with the demands of a newborn baby.
With one in five Australian mothers who experience perinatal depression or anxiety according to figures from Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA), so with numbers that high, we thought it would be really useful to share ways that can help support or improve your mental health in the early stages of postpartum. Here they are:
- Firstly…go easy on yourself
You’re doing the best you can, and it is enough. Please do not look at social media as a source of truth. Motherhood (especially for your first experience) is not all rainbows and butterflies. It is exhausting, even if it’s in a good way. If you feel things are getting too much for you, I recommend turning your phone off, grabbing a snack/food, go for a nice walk and enjoy the fresh air. Not only will it help your mental health but also will assist in helping your body recover from childbirth.
- Secondly, get some rest
Easier said than done I know, but your sleep is now disrupted and that only heightens your emotions and mood. Make the time to get some sleep, whether it is when your baby has gone down or having someone watch them while you take some time to sleep, it is really important that you rest too.
- Do what works for you and your baby
Everyone has an opinion on how to raise a baby but it’s simply just that, an opinion. It is up to you to find what works best for you and your little one, so take advice with a pinch of salt. Motherhood is all about trial and error until you find what works for you.
- Build a support network
Feeling lonely can increase high blood pressure amongst other things, and let's face it, it's the last thing we need as a new mum. So being around people can really boost your self-esteem. Whether it be family, friends, colleagues or even a mothers group (which I highly recommend), being social can assist in supportive factors in friendship such as trust, communication and a good old laugh.
- Seek help if you are still struggling
If you don’t want to open up to friends or family, or someone you know, then please reach out to a professional. Professionals are there to help you navigate through motherhood and provide you with some useful tips and resources on how to overcome daily parenting concerns or personal struggles with all the changes that come with motherhood.
Below is a list of great resources you can reach out to for information & support.
PANDA Helpline - 1300 726 306 9am – 7.30pm Mon – Fri (AEST/AEDT)
PANDA provides free telephone support counselling and information on antenatal and postnatal depression through their website.
Some other great resources that provide great factsheets, brochures and professional support are:
We hope this list gives you the support you need to get through the rollercoaster of motherhood. And if you’re looking for beautiful, self-care essentials for your postpartum recovery head to our collection today to treat yourself.
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