Postpartum Recovery is tough. Being a mom it's tough. Life is tough! But you know what? So are you!
In the last week I've had my fair share of tough. But I've also been reminded of how tough I am.👊🏻
Postpartum depression and anxiety are REAL. I've dealt with it over the last 2 years and know so many who have. I used to think it would never in a million years happen to me, and I didn't want to acknowledge it when it did. But I'm glad I was willing to embrace it and learn to cope so I could help others cope too!
This time around my recovery involves a lot of personal and spiritual development, meditation, supplements and superfoods, exercise (when I can) AND medication. And I'm completely okay with that-because I know it will all help me be the best wife an mom possible and over come the struggles my body is having.
A few postpartum tips from one mama struggling to another:
-make time to get ready every day! Even just a shower, brushing your teeth and pulling your hair up feels amazing and will help you cope.
-open the windows and get some sunlight! It's good for you and the babe. Go outside when you can!
-get out of the house! Even if it's just a small drive every day or go and see close family and friends.
-do something you love every day. For me it's my coaching job. Maybe to you its reading a book or working on a sewing project.
-drink tons of water and be conscious about your food choices- you don't need to be perfect, but fueling your body with health proteins, fats and carbs is so important for recovery!
-listen to or read positive things daily. For me this is my scriptures and personal development books/podcasts!
-take time to meditate- even just 5 minutes of silence in the morning or use the time feeding your babe in the early hours to reflect and meditate.
-know that this isn't permanent. Time will pass and things will change. Your body will regain its strength and as you work on it, your mind will heal too. You can and will make progress and feel like you want to feel again!
-don't be afraid to ask for help and seek medical advice. I avoided getting medication for so long because I "wasn't that bad" and "it's just all in my head". But once I realized that the effects of NOT treating t could be so much worse for me and my family- I knew I had to seek help. And I'm so glad I did! I know I won't need medication forever, but for this short time in my life I need it to help my body recover and balance out- and I am so grateful for that option!!!!
Hang in there mama! We're in this together! 💕💪🏻👊🏻
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