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Remembering to take a moment for just ME... Even if it was just walking to the mail box and back or driving to get a coffee .. Something that was just for me .. no kids, no husband ... just a minute to refocus helped me so much!
Don't try to do it all. Ask for help, even though that is hard, and as much as you want to crawl into your hole and shut out the world, don't even if there is just one person you can reach out to, use them to your advantage.
Good advice. I have trouble with both of these. I am off work until the baby is 1 and my husband gets home right at dinner. I am lucky if they nap at the same time I can do something for me. I also HATE getting/asking for help. I feel like I should be able to do it all mysel or I fail
Asking for help is a big one. PPD can be different for everyone, so you might have different things that trigger it for you. For me, it was leaving my son. I couldn't bear to leave him. It was so painful it felt like a physical pain. The day I asked for help was the first day forward. Being patient with yourself is also important - it's not something that goes away overnight!
__________________ Joanna wife, mother, blogger, support group leader, perpetually behind on laundry